Suffice to say that Netflix has become – like it or not – a staple in our movie repertoire. This weekend, seeking new content to review, we opened Netflix and were presented with the part sci-fi, part drama, “Horse Girl” featuring Alison Brie as an increasingly schizophrenic woman – Sarah. If you have screened “The One I Love” or “Safety Not Guaranteed”, this film will not be unfamiliar. Though not as visceral as A24’s “Midsommar”, there were points where we were drawn in with Sarah’s character but the film could not seem to hold us throughout. It was, what we imagine to be, a true to life depiction of the painful reality of someone suffering from schizophrenia. However, in the film’s second act, it took a dramatic turn into the sci-fi universe which is where we became a bit lost. Overall, there are worse films currently on the streaming giant, but not a film we will revisit – 3/5 stars.
Feeling underwhelmed from our first screening, we ventured outside of the world of Netflix to discover “Waves”. The emotional family drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russel, Sterling K. Brown, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays Tyler – a high school senior and star of his wrestling team who feels immense pressure to succeed from his borderline toxic masculine father, Ronald (Sterling K. Brown). Although Tyler’s mother died when he was a small child, he has always had a mother in his stepmother, Catherine (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Tyler’s sister, Emily (Taylor Russel) supports Tyler, and the entire film, beautifully. When Tyler discovers his girlfriend, Alexis (Alexa Demie) is pregnant and his shoulder is torn to the point of ending his wrestling career forever, we watched Tyler unravel. Fueled by Tyler’s hormones and rage, the movie took dramatic and emotional turns that we weren’t expecting – in the most beautiful and raw ways possible. In the film’s second half, Emily and new love, Luke (Lucas Hedges) rely on each other for critical personal healing in their delicate teen years that most are not equipped to handle until much later in life. The film’s soundtrack accentuated the emotions of the movie and we were thoroughly pleased with the complex layers of this film – 4/5 stars.