Ready or Not is a 2019 American comedy horror thriller movie directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and it stars Samara Weaving, Mark O’ Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny and Andie McDowell. The plot of the movie revolves around Grace (Samara Weaving) who is the newlywed bride of Alex (Mark O’Brien) who gets hunted by her spouse’s family members as part of their wedding ritual. This movie has been well-received by many critics and it has garnered many positive reviews from critics and audience members alike for its perfectly done blend of horror and comedy along with its more gory moments, which are done in an almost humorous way though gross to look at.
First of all, I definitely was not expecting the plot to have so many twists to it. I was honestly thinking it was just going to be a straightforward movie but I was pleasantly surprised by the twists in the movie. It was an enjoyable ride from start to finish. Secondly, the cinematography was beautiful, despite this being a thriller movie there were shots of the movie that reminded me of The Great Gatsby with the wide shots of the LeDomas’ mansion and the colours and scenic parts of the grand mansion.
The designer of the outfits for the movie too deserve the highest of praises, all of the cast looked exceptional and much has to be said about Grace’s wedding dress which she dons throughout the movie. Avery Plewes who is the costume designer for the movie said she wanted the wedding dress to be almost a second skin to Grace, and show that it is indeed evolving throughout the movie just like its owner, Grace. Throughout the movie, we can see how the dress has evolved and changed in appearance until its amazing transformation at the end, being fully drenched in blood, dark crimson unlike its first appearance being pure white which I believe can be seen as a symbolism for Grace’s change from an innocent newcomer of the family to a more ruthless killer in order to save herself.
The characters of the movie too were written well and fleshed out properly, there was never a scene where you did not feel empathy for Grace as she goes through this whole journey. She was fleshed out properly and she managed to understand her situation quickly and could adapt accordingly. She was a very intelligent character and it was a pleasure watching her on the screen, her acting and facial expressions were brilliant. Samara Weaving may be new to the Hollywood scene, but she is definitely dynamite to watch and I can’t wait to see more movies with her in them.
The cons of the movie was that I wish it had a longer runtime. Given the two director’s expertise with this movie, I believe a longer runtime would not affect the movie in any way and could give the audience more closure about the plot and the Le Domas’ tradition. I am definitely hoping for a prequel to this movie where they can expand more on the family’s beliefs or the past games that they have done which can add more depth to the movie’s plot and gives us, the audience, more history about the family and the family’s past couples.
They could also add some flashback scenes to show how the deal between Mr. LeBail and the Le Domas family came to be. This plot and alternate world is too interesting to be limited to just one movie.
Overall, it was a solid comedy thriller movie and I found it hard to not tense up watching this movie. There were so many tension-filled scenes and I was on the edge of my seat watching this movie. The ending too for this movie was brilliant and outright comedic, with a pinch of surrealism and shock like “did that actually just happen?”. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I am definitely looking forward to more movies from these two directors.