Movie Review – The Grudge

Movie Review - The GrudgeThe Grudge didn’t impress me at all. It was a cool story but it was told all wrong. Before I get into everything I felt was wrong with it, my one compliment: there are chilling moments. A few times the hair on my neck stood up. It had potential.

My biggest turn off was how they would jump around in time and storylines. It felt discombobulated — that works in a lot of movies — but in my opinion, not this one. When I was thinking about it last night, I redid it in my head with a continual progression. If they would have formatted it from the past to the present it would have flowed better.

I was not a fan of Andrea Riseborough. She brought no strength to the role of mother and cop. She just wasn’t believable at all. She should be furious with wardrobe too. They made her look like a stick man.


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Demian Bichir as Goodman fairs about the same. He didn’t bring anything to the movie, except whispers. Every line he mumbles is whispered. It was annoying.

I found myself thinking about how many aerial shots of them driving around were shown. I already knew it was a super short movie, so why are they filling time with useless scenes? They just didn’t have what they needed to do a good movie. The writing was bad, the acting wasn’t great and the director dropped the ball. It should have been better.

This would make an alright Netflix night, but I wouldn’t have high expectations.

Grade: D+

About The Peetimes: With only 85 minutes of movie time, I chose to submit 1 Peetime. I situated it right after all the initial reveals and before the pieces start coming together for the finale.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Grudge. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for disturbing violence and bloody images, terror and some language
Genres: Horror, Mystery

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