Director: Halina Reijn
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson
Release Date: October 18, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
When a group of 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust — and how to survive — in this fresh and funny Gen-Z meltdown starring Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, and Maria Bakalova.
Please Note: Lionsgate Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ accompanies a young woman and her girlfriend as they visit friends at a remote family mansion with a dangerous hurricane approaching. As the hurricane hits and they settle in for a secluded night of fun, the group decides to play a game that unexpectedly results in a dead body and uncertainty all around. As the surviving individuals all try to band together and uncover who killed their friend, implications and questions soon begin to arise on all fronts and before long it becomes clear that no one can be trusted. But if they hope to make it through the night without any more deaths, they’ll have to hold their suspicions in check and cooperate to uncover the truth.
Directed by Halina Reijn (Instinct) from a screenplay by first time screenwriter Sarah DeLappe and a story by Kristen Roupenian, Reijn does a great job at the helm of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ guiding along the twisty and darkly hilarious fun with style and wit. The film’s cast includes Amandla Stenberg (Dear Evan Hansen), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Myha’la Herrold (TV’s Industry), Chase Sui Wonders (On The Rocks), Rachel Sennott (TV’s Call Your Mother), Lee Pace (Captain Marvel) and Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island) who all offer fitting and generally solid performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is a clever, stylish and surprisingly hilarious look at a group of friends who end up at odds when one friend is mysteriously killed. It wisely never allows itself to fall into the more generic horror tropes and is far from your more standard genre outing; instead of a bunch of screaming victims running around and making illogical choices while some masked killer taunts and eliminates them, it concentrates on the emotional and character reactions to the situations as this group of friends intent on working together in order to uncover the truth of their situation soon become mistrusting of those closest to them and plagued by suspicion and uncertainty as things become worse and more unexplainable around them. It never quite goes the way you would expect and that’s one of its biggest strengths, as is the manner in which it dissects the ideas and practices of our modern world (only younger folks in this time would disregard the table full of flashlights and only use their phones for light in a blackout) and starts pitting those closest against each other as each revelation or event only seems to lead to more questions for the potential victims or survivors.
Overall, ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is a smart, darkly humorous and thoroughly enjoyable horror comedy that keeps the clever twists and turns coming while serving up plenty of fun and over the top moments to keep things from ever becoming dull throughout. Complemented by a well-selected cast that rarely disappoints and taking things in some amusing and unexpected directions along the way, it may get a bit goofy at times, but as a whole it delivers a rewarding ride that’s certainly worth taking. ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is definitely recommended, especially for anyone who enjoys an offbeat horror comedy that takes things in uncertain and sometimes surprising directions. It’s a clever and darkly amusing tale of suspicion and chaos that should be well worth your time and the price of a rental if you’re already at all intrigued by this one.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and richly detailed presentation from start to finish with no unexpected issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up surprisingly well even during the numerous exceptionally dark sequences with bright camera lights and other bright colors seeping through the darkness which never results in any banding or painful black crash occurring, holding up even better than you might expect for a film shot in this type of lighting and environment. Overall, this is a wonderful high definition video presentation that impresses throughout and should easily please fans as well as first time viewers.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, crisp and at times notably aggressive audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes advantage of all seven available channels at its disposal in order to send booming weather and pouring rain overtaking the various speakers, along with calmer effects, bits of dialogue and plenty more at every logical opportunity, while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered problematic. Overall, this is a great Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that makes a splendid complement to the onscreen fun and chaos and it shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ includes a few enjoyable extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Halina Reijn’, in addition to a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 2 minutes in length combined). Also included on the release is the behind the scenes Featurette ‘Who Wants to Play?: Making Bodies Bodies Bodies’ (running approximately 14 minutes in length) which features behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew.
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Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
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