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Smile 2022


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 32,559 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    That's rather fabulous viral marketing; kudos.

    As to the movie? Sounds like a really good premise but it'll all be in the execution; that little scare at the end of the trailer was quite good.

    For some reason this reminds me of It Follows; this idea of an otherwise innocuous person in the background suddenly possessing a malevolence.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,137 ✭✭✭artvanderlay

    I predict it'll be underwhelming. It started life as a short film, and these kind of things do well at that length but lose something when stretched out to movie length (I'm thinking of Lights Out). Hope to be wrong about this though; I like a good scary movie.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭Brief_Lives

    Has Anyone seen this yet?

  • Registered Users Posts: 602 ✭✭✭Space Dog

    Yes, I saw it today. I was actually surprised about how much better it was than I expected. I was expecting something trashy and shlocky à la Countdown and Truth or Dare based on the bits that I saw in those stupid trailers, but it's not that kind of film. Well it is, but it isn't. It borrows heavily from The Ring, It Follows, Oculus and The Babadook, yet manages to use these tropes to create an effective little horror film. It's sufficiently creepy and has something to say about grief, trauma and guilt. I also found the sound design great, especially during the beginning and the climax. And it has a jump scare that really got me although I saw it coming a mile off.

    There's also some very good acting by the lead and her sister. Sosie Bacon really sells her character.

    Forgot to mention that I had to watch the birthday scene through my fingers! Kindertrauma galore...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭Brief_Lives

    cool... might go tomorrow...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,266 ✭✭✭santana75

    Saw it earlier and It is genuinely scary. I'm certain there'll be multiple sequels.

  • Registered Users Posts: 422 ✭✭RickBlaine

    I'm a little colder on this than the previous posts. I didn't think it lived up to the very strong opening, unlike something like It Follows which I thought was consistently excellent. The lead actress is indeed very good though and she's Kevin Bacon's daughter.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 28,449 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    I thought it was pretty so-so, honestly. Heavily reliant on LOUD NOISES and jump scares, and the effects are a mixed bag. Bacon is good and it’s directed relatively well (if a bit clinical in the way a lot of modern horrors are). I like the underlying idea of the curse as a manifestation of trauma. But there’s not much originality on display here.

    It’s eerily similar to Ringu - the most obvious inspiration - in structure and tone. The whole basic formula of a ‘person who has been cursed sets out to stop the curse before it kills them’ is a pretty well-trodden path at this stage, and while this has just about enough fun and creepy scenes to get away with it there are long stretches where the deja vu is pretty inescapable. And while that central smile motif is effective, overall I’d say it lacks the distinctive directorial sensibilities that allow the likes of Ringu and It Follows to stand out.

    A decent October watch with a game crowd, but needed that bit more of a spark of its own to rise above that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,047 ✭✭✭Homelander

    If you appreciate the use of trauma in Smile, you should check out Relic.

    It's creepy and unsettling, but also hauntingly effective in dealing with the central theme which is ultimately more relevant to the plot and has a clearer message.

    The problem often is with films of that kind, they get unfairly slated by a large portion of the audience because in many cases, what they exactly want and expect from a "horror", is a formulaic, jump-scare feature.

    Smile though, does a particularly admirable job of appealing to everyone by telling a simple story extremely well, I think it's just crafted so well that it negates the need for the story to be particularly original or unpredictable.

    It's a bit like two people telling an identical story - the delivery can lead to vastly different perceptions of how good that identical story actually is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,263 ✭✭✭Padraig Mor

    Saw this last week and honestly thought it was one of the best horrors I've seen in a long time. Yeah it may be a bit predictable etc but no harm in that if it's done well. One jump scare in particular actually made me blurt out with the surprise in the cinema - and that hasn't happened since The Descent many years ago (and that was one bloody scary film...).

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 35,084 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    I've never seen so many people with their phones out as yesterday when I went to see this. Had to move 4 times to get a decent seat.

    I liked it. No classic but it's perfectly serviceable stuff.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭Brief_Lives

    tell them to shut the phone down... or get security, whatever you are comfortable with...

    if you are moving so much, its just as easy to move to security..

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 10,885 Mod ✭✭✭✭Fysh

    Watched this tonight on streaming and thought it was decent but over-reliant on borrowing from other good horrors. The premise is a variation on It Follows crossed with Ring, with elements of Babadook and The Relic in the mix (not to mention what seemed like a riff on Saint Maud near the end). There are several shots that felt very much inspired by It Follows, Candyman 2021 and Midsommar - but both narratively and stylistically while there's nothing wrong with any of these elements (I liked all of the films in question!), it rarely feels like it's aiming to be more than a grab-bag of elements from other films. (Although the party scene is a welcome exception). There's also a bit of a tonal mismatch between some of the jump scares (plenty of which are lazy "loud-noise-sudden-movement" jumpscares) and the moments that try for a more psychological horror.

    The main thing that stands out as a "doesn't really hold up to scrutiny" aspect of the plot is

    there are these chains of suicides but the authorities don't notice or investigate. It's one thing in It Follows or The Ring where the connection between victims was something like "they exchanged videotapes" or "they had casual sex", but here the link is "witnessed a traumatic suicide within the last week", which seems like a much more visible and obvious link.