Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds is directed by Cory Finley in his debut and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, and Anton Yelchin in his last role.  In this film, Lily (Taylor-Joy) befriends Amanda (Cooke.)  Lily is easily emotional, and Amanda is the complete opposite, as she feels almost no emotion at all.  When Lilly’s step father treats her poorly, the girls come up with a plan to kill him.  Thoroughbreds is an incredibly impressive debut for director Cory Finley and one of the best films of year so far.

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The best part of Thoroughbreds is by far the direction from Cory Finley.  He directs this film with so much flare.  This movie has some amazing long takes and some of the best use of rack focus that I have ever seen.  It seems almost impossible that Finley was a playwright who has never been on a film set before.  He certainly doesn’t show any signs of inexperience and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Finely also gets fantastic performances out of his actors.  Anya Taylor-Joy is great, as she always is and Olivia Cooke is also fantastic.  Both of these characters have very diabolical personalities, and the way that they are played shows the incredible amount of talent that both of these actresses have.  Anton Yelchin is great as well in his last role.  His death puts an unfortunate damper on this movie, as it is hard not to see just how great of an actor he was.  This movie does get a bit choppy at some parts, and at times seems confused on the statement that it is trying to make.  Other than that things in Thoroughbreds tick along like clockwork.

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Everything about this movie is very grim, but it still manages to have funny moments.  Dark comedies like this don’t always have widespread appeal, but I think that a lot of people could really enjoy Thoroughbreds.  It is full of rising stars, from two great young actresses, a great last performance by an actor who unfortunately never got to continue his career, an incredibly talented young director, and an amazing unique score from Erik Friedlander.  If you were waiting for the first hidden gem of 2018, look no further than Thoroughbreds.

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