Ready or Not review
We've all probably have gone to someone's game night party. I myself have a group that usually hosts one every couple of months, where we'll play "Cards Against Humanity" and "Exploding Kittens", but the point of it is to have fun while catching up with everyone's lives. It's that little bit of social interaction that makes life fun and fulfilling. Otherwise, then why would we play games? It's all a fun escape from whatever problems we have. While I don't play as much with my family, I have a good time with cards or puzzles or whatever they breakout.
In the spirit of today's movie, the name of the game is hide and seek. This is something that I haven't played since I was in middle school (okay, I did play this with my little cousins not long ago), but it's something that kids love to play as it's as simple as the name; just hide and hope not to be found. But when it comes to creativity, we now have a story that's made it into a thriller…and also a dark comedy. Ready or Not makes Hide and Seek not only a deadly game, but a necessity to live for one family.
Grace (played by Samara Weaving) is a young woman whose about to marry Alex Le Domas (played by Mark O'Brian), who happens to be a part of an incredibly wealthy family who've made their fortune in cards and board games…a gaming empire if that’s what you call it. Alex has been estranged from the family for a while and Grace is hoping to find love within this eccentric, but not crazy family. Even the parents Tony (played by Henry Czerny) and Becky (played by Andie MacDowell) seem to be ready for a new member as it's been a while since someone's married into the family.
After the ceremony and party, the family invites Grace down into the parlor where they explain the wedding tradition; that they play a random game drawn from a card machine. She happens to draw "hide and seek" and she goes off to hide while the family gathers weapons. When one of the members accidently shoots a maid, Alex admits that he knew about the tradition and is going to help her survive the night. He also reveals the family believes if they make a ritual sacrifice, then they won't violate their ancestors pact with the devil.
As far as dark comedies go, Ready or Not is a great example of the genre. It manages to be both thrilling and got a lot of laughs. I don't think I can call this a satire, but it is self aware of it's ridiculousness of a plot and recognizes that a lot of super wealthy people have probably never fired a weapon, let lone kill someone. Is this a slam against rich people? I'd for those tied to old money, then yes. It does a great job making fun of those that want to remain wealthy, but are so stupid as people that their willing to go dark places to stay that way.
What I loves about the story is how much about the family we get know about; the parents, the siblings and their significant others, the children's children and even the staff. This is a movie that clearly had a lot of backstory developed for a loopy family, even though were probably only shown forty percent of it. The ironic thing is that we don't get much of a chance to know Grace, the main character. Don't get me wrong; she's still likable and I wanted to see her survive, but she's more of blank that we, the audience fills, as we sit and witness this night.
I also realized that what I like about the movie was that it's a rare story about idiots…privileged idiots at best. In fact, this would make a good companion movie to the underground thriller Murder Party. Both are about the same in entertainment value in which while I had fun, though I don't know if it's game changing. It's a short, but memorable chase…exactly like the hide and seek games you played as children.
I'll give this four playing cards out of five. Ready or Not is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's funny, but it still has its dark and very bloody moments (especially at the end in which I won't spoil). I still recommend it for the crowd that does want scare. But I also see it for people that love dark comedies. Take your turn and go see it.