Well, most of you know by now that I am a fan of the dark comedy, the macabre humor, horror with a smile. it you haven’t heard of or decided to give Ready or Not a look, you absolutely should if any of the aforementioned things sounds like fun to you. it’s fair to say, this movie is right up my alley.
The plot is wonderfully simple. A young woman spends her wedding night with her husband and his family in their mansion, and they have a very unique tradition when someone new joins the family. They all play a game. with very dangerous results.
Ready of Not is delightfully dark, a little gruesome, often laugh-out-loud funny, and definitely takes you somewhere you don’t expect. The cast is fantastic, and includes the likes of Samara Weaving as the bride, Adam Brody and the groom, along with Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie McDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Brunn, Nicky Guadagni (she gives “scowling” new meaning), and many others. They all seem to be having quite a bit of fun.
Writers Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy don’t have a lot of credits, but they have crafted a fairly efficient and terribly entertaining script. Just when you think Hollywood can’t figure out how to make a unique and fun film, something like Ready or Not comes along and gives you hope. And the ‘Final Girl’ trope in horror films gets a twist, too, in the most wonderful way.
I feel like everything works here. I can’t think of anything that bugged me afterwards; no great plot holes, no illogical decisions. They really wrote a tight script with nothing to complain about. This will go down on my list of favorites this year.
There’s enough blood here to mention and technically warn viewers about, but again, if you enjoy the horror/comedy genre, this one is for you.
Ready or Not is easily four kittenhands, probably a full five. Get out there and see this bloody gem of a film. Vote with your dollars, folks!
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, giving a strong recommendation with this one.