The 1% are Rightfully made the Butt of Jokes and the Target-Point for Guns and Arrows- Ready or Not (2019) Review
Ready or Not is the 2019 "final girl" film, and Samara Weaving is one of the top "final girls" of all time. If you are unfamiliar with her as an actress, I also suggest watching The Babysitter on Netflix (here), so you can see that this actress has the range of a continent- from subtle insanity, to badassery, and to overall comedy.
"Fucking Rich People."
Ready or Not (2019) is a film that confirms and jokes with the idea we've all been toying around with- rich people are insane and desensitized.
Samara Weaving plays Grace, a woman who is wholly in love with the man she thinks she knows and wholly engulfed by the idea of joining her new family, no matter how crazy they all look and seem. She is marrying into the Le Domas "gaming dominion," a rich family that has made their empire in the gaming industry using savvy, patience, and unbeknownst to her, a pact with the devil.
The Le Domas' have a ritual every time a new member joins the family where they play a game, any game, the night of the wedding. Most new members have been made to play Old Maid, Chess, and Checkers, but there is one fateful card- the Hide and Seek card- that means the family must sacrifice you to the devil himself, Mr. Le Bail.
This film feels like crossover of You're Next (2011) and The Purge (2013), with the dark humor of Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Happy Death Day (2017.) As Grace comes to the grueling realization that she is being hunted for sport, her knack for survival and snarky remarks makes this film everything that it is. That, and also the fact that every other person in this film is insane, or incompetent, or both, makes it all the more enjoyable to watch her prevail in the end.
The writers of this film (Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy) were able to take a simplistic approach to the issue of greed with the 1% and also make fun of the "mystery," or even "crime," that is their way of life. Grace defeats those that find it sporty to prey on others who are less fortunate than them, because they believe their lives are more valuable than ours. There are also many other smaller tones approached and highlighted in this film that make it one of my favorite social-horror films of the year.
More than any of the tones involving the 1%, it was the "love" story of this film that felt the most gratifying. When Grace's husband, Alex (Mark O'Brien), says that he lied because he knew the truth would make Grace leave- and he would just "die" without her- I just about rolled my eyeballs out of my head. If that's what you feel loving another person is, then you might as well drop dead now, because no one wants to deal with that. When Samara leaves the situation alone and better off, its a bittersweet satisfaction and victory that is completed with a cigarette and a final joke.
As the directors (Matt Bettinelli and Tyler Gillett) take you on a tour of the Le Domas estate, along with our protagonist, the storyline twists and weaves without getting too overwhelming. The final twist at the end of this film felt very predictable to me, but that may be due to my "men-are-trash-in-every-film" syndrome that I contracted after watching Midsommar (2019) at the beginning of summer. Less than halfway into the film and I already felt that our heroine was too good for her hubby. Needless to say, I was more than pleased with the ending and watching Samara take off into the arms of herself rather than those of her husband.
Overall, Ready or Not (2019) is a hilarious, wild ride. I thought I went in knowing exactly what to suspect, but it still found ways to surprise me, and make its' way to one of my top favorite films of the year.
Jacindable Rating: ★★★½
starring, Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie Macdowell, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny, Melanie Scrofano, Elyse Levesque, Kristian Bruun, Nicky Guadagni, John Ralson, Ethan Tavares, and Nat Faxon
written and directed by, Matt Bettinelli Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Guy Busick, and R. Christopher Murphy