Review: Thoroughbreds

What do you feel?

Amanda (Olivia Cooke) feels nothing. Never joy, hate, love. She's just good at pretending. When a former friend, Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) comes back in her life as a tutor, Amanda see's that Lily's seemingly perfect life isn't so. She hates her stepfather, Mark. (Paul Sparks) Amanda suggests killing him, and Lily at the end of her rope considers it. 

This was at Sundance last year, and it's Anton Yelchin's final film. Of course I wanted to see it for him at the very least. He plays a skeezy drug dealer, but still. 

Thoroughbreds is an interesting take on unlikely friendships. Both Cooke and Taylor-Joy excel in their roles. When I saw the previews, I wondered whether or not they should've switched characters just based on what I had seen them in previously, but they were perfect where they are. A film like this would fail of the lead actresses couldn't carry their parts, because really a lot of the scenes are just Amanda and Lily talking, but these two are wonderful.

The film has a very interesting score and that also sets it apart. At times the film comes up short, but overall I really enjoyed it. I'm still shocked my theater got this in the first place. Per Box Office Mojo this only opened in around 500 theaters this week. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Were you using the technique?" - Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy)

14 comments:

  1. It sounds...bleak. I just don't feel the interest in this film even though I like Anton. I am still in shock about his death.

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    1. It's pretty bleak, but not to the point where watching it feels like a depressing chore.

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  2. I do want to see this as it is at my local multiplex but I don't think I have the time to see it as I have other things to do. i just hope it's on TV soon or available at my local library.

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    1. Hopefully so, it's definitely worth seeing in theaters if you find the time.

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  3. good to hear that the acting is great too. i really want to see this.

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  4. Oh I really wanna see this one! The trailer was too weird but hopefully the film is less frantic

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    1. I'd describe the score as frantic but it weirdly fits. I hope you like it when you do watch it!

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  5. I want to watch this, if only for Anton Yelchin. Both actresses have been great in what I've seen them in so I don't doubt they'll be good here as well.

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    1. I've really liked those two in what I've seen them in as well, and it's always worth it to see Anton.

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  6. Cool review! The trailer was pretty wild. I'd love to catch this one if I can. It's such a shame to realize this is Yelchin's last movie.

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  7. Great review! I loved this movie and am happy it's playing in a healthy amount of theaters. Honestly, Cooke and Taylor-Joy portrayed to of the most realistic sociopaths I've seen on film recently. And Anton... (sigh), he was so damn perfect in this movie. What a shame.

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    1. They did. Those two are going to have bright futures.

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