Ready or Not, pun intended, this wicked salad of dark comedy, survival horror, and gore, will leave you breathless and in stitches.
Ready or Not Synopsis
It’s inane, but newly-wedded Grace still goes along with her in-laws’ tradition of playing a childish game at midnight to finalise her entry into the family. Things quickly take a very dark turn, though, when she soon discovers it’s not just a game; every member of the family, with the possible exception of her husband, is genuinely out to butcher her. Worse, the family is motivated by a devilish objective, failing which, all of them stand to lose the immense fortune they are dependent on.
Going by the trailer and poster, I expected Ready or Not to be a gripping survival horror film infused with many dashes of the macabre.
It turned out to be much more than that! A masterpiece with many dark comedic moments, an agonising escape sequence, and even suitable strokes of character ambiguity painted in. All the while also never forgetting to remind that hapless scream-queens are so, soooooo yesterday.
Indeed, thIndeed, this was a genuine joy to watch, doubly so after the movie when I realised just how well integrated the many disparate elements were. A lot of flicks end up being distastefully giddying because too many ingredients are thrown into the soup. Everything ends up either half-baked or contradictory.
Not this movie. Through location shifts and an assortment of other visual cues, Ready or Not deftly dealt out its yummy platter of thrills, gore, and laughs. There were hilarious moments, there were intense ones. There was even a wonderfully mischievous moment before the final mayhem when it felt as if the movie was going to turn everything on its head. In short, this will go down in my books as one of the most indulgent watches of 2019. It certainly has one of the most riotous conclusions for the evil too, might I add. I’ll leave it at that so as not to give the ending away.