The Hunt (2020) movie review
The Hunt is a movie out now, and in it are some people. And some things happen to and with those people. And that’s about what the trailer tells us. The film is directed by Craig Zobel and written by Watchmen (2019-) writer Nick Cuse and Lost (2004-2010) writer Damon Lindelof, who did also work on Watchmen, but I love Lost so I wanted to mention it. The action-thriller was originally slated for the Fall of 2019, but was pushed back after two shootings that took place shortly before the film’s first two release dates. The film’s updated marketing now boasts the controversial reviews it has received, which carried over to very mixed reviews so far for its release this weekend.
Okay so if you honestly want to know what The Hunt is about, take a look at the summary on IMDb, it’s pretty brief and to the point. Honestly, I think it is better to go into this movie blind, but if that is the case I should tell you a few things to expect: violence, dark comedy, regular people freaking out in irregular situations, aimless but boundless satire, and rich people. And if you saw Ready or Not (2019) and liked it as much as I did, you’ll probably like The Hunt too! Granted I hope this blend of realistically funny horror-type films doesn’t continue at the risk of growing very old very quickly, but nonetheless I really enjoyed this one from start to finish. It is a wild and unpredictable ride for sure, and one not afraid to step on toes or gross people out at times.
So I can’t talk about the writing, but I liked it. More than that, I appreciated the film’s consistent tone and themes, both of which are hilariously vague. The themes seem to focus a bit on class, society, and some big picture ideas in the most hilariously confusing way possible. It is about anything I particular? Maybe! Sure, why not? It is certainly focused on extremism as a theme, but not at the expense of just enjoying the movie. These are some things I am sure were asked then they were writing the film, and it is certainly better for it at the end. The pacing was also pretty fantastic! At just under 90 minutes, the only time I remember the film slowing down was to tell a quick and funny story that develops one of the characters a bit. So if all the things so far are your cup cold, black coffee, this movie might just be for you.
Speaking of characters, the talent in the movie does a really good job! Now I don’t love all of the characters, or any of them for that matter. While that is certainly something I hold against the movie, the cast does a very good job making up for that. The film stars Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Ethan Suplee, and Betty Gilpin, alongside a few other notable faces in the film. At the risk of giving too much away, Ike Barinholtz stole the show for me. I loved how believable he was, balancing a take-charge attitude with some rather funny moments quite well. Similarly, Emma Roberts quickly overcomes and ‘blonde girl in the lead’ stereotype and sells her character for every moment she is on screen. Betty Gilpin was arguably the best one in the film too, as she makes the most of her character development. (Not that character development is the biggest deal in this movie. It’s not exactly a drama.)
Dang it I was really hoping I could think of more to say about the movie when I started writing, but alas, I just can’t make myself give this one away. So it’s not perfect, not for anyone who gets on Facebook and challenges political correctness, and certainly not for anyone who doesn’t like a solid dose of violence wrapped in bacon and deep fried. (Not saying it is over the top, just that it doesn’t care what you think of it.) And that’s The Hunt. It’s a bold, careless movie that exists to be sarcastically entertaining more than anything. The themes probably don’t matter, but they are a blast to contemplate. The high-energy pacing is very entertaining, and the performances manage a solid job with some very interesting characters. And hey, it’s much better than Bloodshot, and there’s nothing else coming out soon. So if you haven’t seen Emma. or The Invisible Man yet, check those out. All caught up? Maybe check out The Hunt! 7/10.
So The Hunt? Did you see it? What did you think? And what is the most sarcastic movie you have seen? Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know! Or in respect to this movie, don’t do that either. I don’t care, we’ll live our lives and you live your lives. (That’s kind of a joke, I don’t want you guys to think I’m being rude or anything and yeah I’m just gonna go now.)
-review by possibly maybe Ryan Prince but don’t get mad…