Scrawl full movie review - A wild, unashamed B movie.
This film I watched recently at the Zed Fest Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. I had heard about the film when Daisy Ridley was first cast in Star Wars, so had been waiting to see this for a while.
Was it what I was expecting? No? Was it any good, well, I haven't stopped thinking about it since so it certainly hit a nerve somewhere, so yes, It was one of those films that sticks with you and gets under your skin, and deserves multiple viewings to fully understand. The director has said that Phantasm was a big influence, as was the editing style of Nicolas Roeg, and I can see both of those bubbling under the surface.
Is Daisy Ridley the best thing in it? Only if you go into a film thinking that because it has a 'name' in it that it makes that the best thing about it. She's great but so are other cast members, it truly is an ensemble piece, not a 'star' vehicle. The best thing about it in my opinion is the music by newcomer Dan Hall. The music is accomplished and haunting and I want to hear more from this guy.
The film is a bit unwieldy at times, and is complex so takes a bit of concentration but has enough in it to recommend a viewing to see what can be achieved on minimal resources.
There are moments in the film where you do question why certain characters do certain things, but then if you think about comic book characters coming to life and killing people, you'd understand why they don't go to the authorities. They would all be locked up in a psych ward.
Which thinking about the plot now, might explain where some of the characters are? The cast, and there are a bunch of them, range from OK to pretty good. There are no Oscar winners here, but that's not what the film is. It is a wild, unashamed B movie. I hope to see more from this director and the entire crew in years to come.