The Final Girls – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… The Final Girls
Five friends get sucked into an 80s slasher flick.
Exactly three years ago Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her mother were in a terrible car crash. Max made it out, but her mom did not. In homage to her career as an actress, a local group of movie fans decide to hold a screening of one of her most popular films: the 80s slasher Camp Bloodbath.
Max is reluctant to go, but gets convinced by her best friend’s brother, and film fanatic, Duncan (Thomas Middleditch). She meets up with her friends and they go see it together. During the screening a fire breaks out. They are surrounded and the only way out is by going through the projector screen. Max jumps through it and passes out. When she wakes up she and her friends find themselves lying in a field of grass. They quickly realise that they somehow ended up in the movie. A movie where nearly everyone dies a horrific death.
Should I Watch It?
The Final Girls is a love letter to the classic 80s slasher flick, a spoof that both honours and makes fun of its brutal death scenes, corny dialogue, and other typical genre tropes.
The story is a lot of fun. Max and her friends have seen the movie before so they think they know what is going to happen. But their actions and interactions influence the movie to a point that it takes a different direction. And when they find out, they go in full panic mode.
There is a big contrast between the characters from our world and those from the movie world. Max and her friends are complex characters similar to how people like you and me work, whereas the characters from the movie world are incredibly one-dimensional. It is a joy to see these two worlds collide. There is a lot of frustration at points where they share dialogue. Max and her friends only receive cheesy stereotypical answers, whereas the movie characters feel uncertain and out of place because they are forced to go off-script.
But there is more to this movie than just being a spoof. Max never moved on from the accident that killed her mom, and she is adamant to save her movie counterpart. It might sound weird to combine a horror parody with a story about acceptance and letting go, but they somehow pull it off. In a very touching and heart-warming way.
The Final Girls is a very enjoyable movie. It is funny, quirky, and even contains some truly moving scenes. Is it a modern day Scream? Yes, I think so. It might not be as good quality wise, but it shares the same love and spirit for the slasher genre.
Yes, watch it.
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