Ready or Not is a film that lots of married people will be able relate to, especially if your in-laws are bat-shit crazy, and I think that’s what I enjoyed the most.
It’s probably fair to say that most people are looking for someone to love and be with for the rest of their lives. People, young and old, have this innate desire to feel accepted in a stable relationship. Every relationship has its quirks, good and bad, but one thing that is consistent with every couple…ever…is in-laws. For better or for worse (and beginning right after you say those words) your in-laws are a part of your life for good (or for worse, the point is forever). And if in-laws are an absolute guarantee, a second is that your significant other is going to be worried about one thing: do my in-laws like me, and will they accept me into their crazy family? And while every family has its quirks, traditions, and even rituals…some are wackier than others. Ready or Not is the first film that I personally have seen from Directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and it’s a wild ride.
Ready or Not is about a young woman, Grace (Samara Weaving), who marries into a wealthy family. Like any family, her in-laws have some pretty quirky traditions (perhaps psychotic ritual would be a better word). Famous for their board games – think Hasbro or Milton Bradley – the family can only accept her as one of their own after they all play a game. And this is where the fun begins.
My only real problem with this film is that for a horror movie there aren’t a lot of scares.
This film has a lot of lore that they explain very well for a 90 minute film. They dive deep into the background of why the family plays these games, and what happens if the wrong game is chosen. The family made a secret deal with a man named Mr. La Bail almost a century ago: when a family member gets married, everyone must participate in a ritualistic game. The game is randomly selected, and in for this happy couple it’s “Hide and Seek”. This is particularly unfortunate for Grace, because it’s the only game that ends in death. The family believes that something terrible will happen to them if the bride is not dead by dawn.
There’s a lot in this movie that works for me, and honestly only a couple minor things that don’t. My only real problem with this film is that for a horror movie there aren’t a lot of scares. However, where the scares are lacking, there is a lot of comedy. It is an interesting mix that worked for me overall. A second, minor negative is that the father figure (Henry Czerny) felt a little flat with his line delivery. But those are very insignificant complaints toward an overall fun film to watch. One exceptionally enjoyable part of this film was the greatness in Adam Brody who steals the show every time he’s on screen.
If you’re looking for a fun, semi-scary comedy with some pretty gruesome moments, then you should definitely check this movie out over the weekend. This movie has few jump scares, some good laughs, and a couple of unexpected twists. The ending just might be the “WTF” scene of the year. Ready or Not is a film that lots of married people will be able relate to, especially if your in-laws are bat-shit crazy, and I think that’s what I enjoyed the most.
3.5/5 Noob Points
Corey Harper | Contributing Movie Noob