Next up on our list is Thoroughbreds, which we went into because the timing was perfect for what we wanted, and because we didn’t know much about it. We saw it during lunch time, and it was quite enjoyable being in such an empty cinema
The small synopsis of the film on the cinema website said:
‘Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.’
This is a horrifically simplified version of the plot, and I think it’s actually going to undersell it to people who only read synopses and not watch trailers, etc. I gave it a shot, though, and I was not disappointed. I don’t think Guy with Red Beard was either, but he did say it was more ‘up my street’.
For a film with a run time of only 92 minutes, it packs an awful lot in. However, it doesn’t seem to be a quick movie, or a movie that drags. It is perfectly paced: a trot, if you will.
The characters in the film are ones that are familiar to me as someone who grew up watching films about teenage girls who lead different lives: Heathers and Heavenly Creatures, in particular. The most striking resemblance is that of Olivia Cooke’s portrayal of Amanda in Thoroughbreds, and Winona Ryder as Veronica in Heathers. This may perhaps be more about the similarity of their appearance. Nevertheless, it stood out to me from the start.
While the film bears resemblance to some of its teen movie predecessors, I think the cinematography sets it apart from others. There are so many shots that are beautifully portrayed, yet they are not particularly lengthy. There are angles that add new dimensions to the scenes, and the score is one that is eerie and unsettling, but an essential part of the film.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the film and think it is definitely worth watching, but it’s not high on my list of the best of the 52 films we’re hoping to see.