I saw the trailer for Greta and thought it could be a perfect ‘date night’ film to drag my husband along to. He hates a scary film, so, sadly, I don’t get to see them at the cinema very often. The trailer made this film look like it might just be on the cusp of scary – with more than a smattering of psychological suffering to carry the story along and (hopefully) make it at least watchable, if not enjoyable, for us both.
The premise of the story is simple: young Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag on the
While the plot seems rather pedestrian, it is down to director Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire) and his two main players that the film is more palatable and watchable than it might have been in less experienced and talented hands.
Without Huppert’s rather astonishingly Machiavellian, chameleonic performance as Greta, the film would undoubtedly have been instantly forgettable.She is almost balletic in her execution; the subtle twitches and facial tics intensifying as the film progresses, countering her potentially declining grip on reality.
Moretz plays the sweet naïve
The haunting score composed by Academy Award winner Javier Navarette (Pan’s Labyrinth) may be complemented with various upbeat, quirky tracks, but it ultimately had me plugging my ears with my fingers more often than a grown woman should admit to, anticipating potential ‘jump-scares’ that almost never arrived when expected.
While I am not an aficionado of thrillers, psychological or otherwise, my husband and I both came out of the screening having enjoyed, if that’s the appropriate word, our evening’s entertainment.I just can’t help but struggle with the idea that anyone would really think it a good idea to hand-deliver a bag found on the subway, in the first place...