Greta – USA | Ireland, 2018 – reviews

‘Don’t take the bait’

Greta is a 2018 American-Irish psychological thriller feature film directed by Neil Jordan (Byzantium; Interview with the Vampire; A Company of Wolves) from a screenplay co-written with Ray Wright. The movie stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Isabelle Huppert and  Zawe Ashton.

Plot:

A young woman befriends a lonely widow…

Reviews:

“The fact that Greta might be a send-up, but never clearly signals its intentions is going to lead to reactions that’ll be all over the place by critics and genre fans – presuming they show up to see it (pretty iffy). It’ll be too silly for anyone expecting to be scared, but if you like camp this is the film for you. There are a lot of really funny bits…” Chris Bumbray, Arrow in the Head

its unevenness isn’t going to stop Greta from being one of those movies that people talk about. It might even become a cult hit. Huppert lives up to it, deserves to be recognized as a cult villain icon. Isabelle Huppert is a queen, Greta is a witch, and this movie will stick with you for longer than you’d like.” Assh*les Watching Movies

“Huppert’s brooding Greta comes across like the similarly unbalanced Tallulah Bankhead in the 1965 cult classic Die! Die! My Darling […] What’s perhaps most surprising is the level of empathy Huppert commands during her early abandonment phase—even though pursuing her prey like some crazed demon, Frances’ lack of assertiveness in ending the relationship only compounds the increasingly hysterical situation.” Ion Cinema

“What will divide viewers is the film’s campy nature. The film has moments of arguably cheese dialog all while making some big leaps with its characters, especially Greta. However, the film never fell of the rails. The best part of the film, without a doubt, was Huppert’s incredible performance as Greta. She was a tour de force of crazy while bringing some humanity to the role.” Keithlovesmovies

“No stranger to the thriller/horror genre (having previously directed ByzantiumInterview with the Vampire), he seemed to bring just the right balance of twists, turns, humour and jump scares to keep this film on point.  It never takes itself too seriously, and neither does Huppert.  Follow suit, and enjoy.” Live for Films

“If you’re thinking that a crazy Huppert sounds like some awesomely GIF-able material, the movie does eventually scratch that itch, but it takes too long to become the B-movie you want from the beginning. Too much of this is flat, and I couldn’t shake the sensation that watching a movie about a mother-daughter bond written and directed by men hampered the final product.” RogerEbert.com

“Even as the plot spirals into madness, Jordan’s film displays an admirable economy and clarity, paying off numerous earlier details as Frances finds herself increasingly trapped by Greta […] Jordan’s deft control of pace and tone elevates Greta past mere gimmickry, resulting in a comic thriller whose goofy humor only compounds its mastery of suspense.” Slant

Cast and credits:

  • Chloë Grace Moretz … Frances – The Addams Family (2019); Carrie (2013); Dark Shadows
  • Maika Monroe … Erica
  • Isabelle Huppert … Greta
  • Zawe Ashton … Alexa
  • Stephen Rea
  • Parker Sawyers … Gary
  • Colm Feore
  • Angela Thompson … Subway Love Interest
  • Jane Perry … Animal Shelter Worker
  • Jeff Hiller … Henri
  • Jessica Preddy … Actress
  • Graeme Thomas King … Brian
  • Rosa Escoda … Lim’s Date
  • Navi Dhanoa … Cabbie
  • Romii Reilly … Woman in City Square
  • Hershel Blatt … Random Kid
  • Thaddeus Daniels … Officer Deroy
  • Elisa Berkeley … Madeleine
  • Arthur Lee … Lim
  • Nagisa Morimoto … Waitress
  • Darragh O’Connor … New York Pedestrian
  • Aneta Dina Keder … Frances’s Mom
  • Tariq Azees … Subway Passenger

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