Movie: The Perfection
My Rating: 4 stars
This movie came out of nowhere. I have to say, Netflix has been producing some real winners lately. And, I’m glad they decided to dip their toes into the horror genre. Plenty of studios decides it’s best to steer clear of that kind of divisive work. But, horror is really a very rich genre. So many troubling scenarios to explore; lots of stories to tell. I love being surprised by new horror movies, and this one had just enough nuances and subtle shocks to keep me on the edge of my seat. This movie is a psychological horror/thriller about two beautiful, young stars of the professional cello competition circuit (played by Allison Williams and Logan Browning). There’s serious tension between these girls, but we don’t quite have enough information to know what it’s all about. Is it jealousy, professional rivalry, sexual attraction, pity? It could be anything. And, it’s hard to know who to trust.
I think what I love best about this movie is that in the strange world the film creates, prodigy cellists have the status of international pop stars. They have huge posters of their faces in Times Square and luxury product endorsements. Star cello players are a household name and have celebrity status. It’s very amusing. But, it totally works in this bizarre story. I can’t tell you much more about the story without ruining it for you. This is probably one of those movies that you’ll enjoy more the less you read about it. But, I can tell you that once the tension starts to break, things really go off the rails in a pretty serious way. And, things just keep happening.
Everything I’ve describe so far makes this movie sound like a simple psychological thriller. But, let me assure you that this definitely is a horror film. And, it’s not one for squeamish viewers. I’d like to urge anyone who thinks this movie sounds remotely interesting to rush out and watch it right away. And, don’t read anything else about it. I think surprises are the best part of a good horror film. And, this one benefits from being seen with fresh eyes. I originally learned about it by hearing the stars talking about it on a podcast, but I turned it off partway through, because I could tell that I didn’t want to learn anything more about the story before watching it myself. And, it was the right choice. This movie is very easy to get your hands on (it’s a Netflix original). So, go ahead and check it out, and let me know what you think.