Hereditary | Film Review
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I saw this yesterday and decided to just review it straight away - especially given that it falls within my favourite genre of film: horror.
It's about a woman whose mother passes away. After her mother's funeral, she begins to find out terrifying things about her family history. The more she discovers, the more she puts her family at risk, until it seems like they can't escape these problems. After all, they didn't stumble upon them, they inherited them.
I have mixed feelings about this film.
On the one hand, when you see it in its entirety, I really like the idea. The fact that the family are being 'haunted' by something that has been in their family for generations is really interesting and clever. Especially as you get more into the story and see the ways that the family are being tormented.
On the other hand, the film itself wasn't what I thought it would be. For a start, it was incredibly slow. Considering that these events seem to be tied to the death of the woman's mother, it took a particularly long time for anything to happen. And in addition to that, the film seemed almost split into two genres. Although it is described as a horror/thriller, I think this only really takes hold about halfway through the movie. The first half seems to be a dark drama, about dealing with loss. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but nothing that happened in the first half made me think that the film would become a more traditional horror by the end.
For the most part, the film keeps you on edge and keeps you guessing about the major plot. From the offset, you know that this isn't the story of an ordinary family, but you can't figure out why. The more things are discovered, the more confusing the movie gets. You think you know what's happening, and then it goes in a different direction and you have the rug ripped out from under you.
Overall, this film is one that will elicit different reactions from different people. While I didn't particularly feel warmly towards it, I know that some people will love it and others will hate it. So I do recommend this film, just so that you can form your own opinion.