Day 181 – Thoroughbreds

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Movie Title: Thoroughbreds

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Thoroughbreds is a story about two upper class girls living in the suburbs. Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) is straight laced and uptight. Her parents don’t really care about her and she has dedicated her primary concerns to her elite education which she secretly loathes. Amanda (Olivia Cooke) is a sociopath who was forced to leave school for a reason that remains ambiguous, but may involve the mutilation of a horse. Both of the teenagers have suffered recent traumas as they have both lost parents.

Both of the characters are deeply disturbed and somewhat wooden though that is the way they are supposed to be played. Their relationship is strained and strange as Olivia pushes the boundaries of Lily’s world. Lily has significant issues with her stepfather who is presented as vaguely abusive though it is never specified what is happening in their relationship. They also both keep secrets from one another. Ultimately, they decide to conspire together to commit a murder. The late Anton Yelchin also appears in a minor yet vital role.

Verdict:

It is a slow burning character driven movie that is more about the journey than the destination. Though that is pretty good too. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: All the President’s Men (1976)

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