Review: 1922

Should've just gotten that divorce.

Wilfred James (Thomas Jane) is a farmin' man, damn it! He ain't moving to know city like his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker) wants. All the land they own is in her name, and she proposes selling it, splitting the difference and getting a divorce. The only problem is she wants their teenage son, Henry (Dylan Schmid) to live with her and Wilfred's fragile ego can't handle that. So he starts pitting Henry against his mother, and soon comes up with the genius plan to murder his wife instead. That karma though...

I never read the novella by Stephen King, but the trailer immediately intrigued me. Netflix must have spent all of $1922.00 on this because it looked cheap. And that's not a dig at films made on microbudget,.You can do amazing things with that, but compared to other films Netflix has put out, this is jarringly different. It's like they spent the bulk of it on all the rats they had to use. Which brings me to my next point, can animals be bad actors? These rats did not look like they were anywhere "naturally." A handler clearly placed them there and turned the camera on quickly. These rats looks straight up confused the entire time. 

Please let me know in the comments below if that complaint is too petty.

Thomas Jane's acting basically consists of using the most over the top old time farmer accent on the planet and not unclenching his teeth. (Seriously, watch him talk) Molly Parker is the most interesting actor here and she obviously doesn't get a ton of screen time.

As mediocre as this was, I wasn't bored at all. I was legitimately interested in seeing what happened next. I basked in the schadenfreude of bad things happening to Wilfred's dumbass. I just expected more.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Money fixes everything." - Henry (Dylan Schmid)

6 comments:

  1. Wow...I LOVED the short story is was based on. It had a wonderful Poesque quality. It's a shame the movie is mediocre.

    BTW: *GREAT* line: I basked in the schadenfreude of bad things happening to Wilfred's dumbass.

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    1. lol thank you. I really like the story in general as well, it's just the execution.

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    2. I finally watched it. I thought it was decent but, yeah, Thomas Jane's accent is way over the top. I'm confident no Midwestern farmer talked like that ever. And the rats were a bit much. That worked so much better on page than screen.

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    3. Midwest born and raised and I have never met anyone with an accent as thick as his. It was like he was trying to do the stereotype and not the actual accent.

      I actually dislike this movie more when I think about it. lol

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