Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems — no matter what the cost.
Welcome back folks! Its been a while. New Years, Chinese New Years, Work, Life, etc. All that mumbo jumbo but I’m back. And I’m back to tell you guys about a quirky film called Thoroughbreds. Took a look at the slate of movies out and this one stuck out. See, I like to claim that I have a knack for seeking talent. It started when I was in the 7th grade and my buddy Brian asked me to make a CD mixtape with a bunch of rap songs on it and then out of the blue I threw on a song called “Through the Wire” by this at the time unknown fella named Kanye West. I remember watching old videos of Mike Posner back when he was an unsigned college kid performing at schools. Well I feel the same way about Anya Taylor-Joy. Saw her in “The Witch” and instantly knew she could be a star. Next thing you know shes staring in “Split” and now that brings us here, to Thoroughbreds. I’ll give anything ATJ’s in a fair shot.
Anywho, this is a movie about 2 teens who grew up in a wealthy rich Connecticut suburb. One teen Lily, played by Anya Taylor-joy, and another teen, Amanda, played by Olivia Cooke. Amanda is a teen who feels no emotions, which if you’ve seen any murder T.V. show, you’d know that lacking emotion is one of the signs of a psycho path. Team that up with the implied intro, and we have a bonafide psychopath. And on the other end we have Lily, a perfect version of a what a lovely white suburban teen girl is on the surface who’s brewing a deep hatred for her step dad. The two were friends as kids, but it’s presumed as they grew older, they grew apart for what ever reason. Now that years have passed, Amanda’s mom pays Lily to hang out with Amanda, even though Amanda is fully aware of the situation. Despite that fact, the two kinda rekindle somewhat of a friendship when their conversation is interrupted by Lily’s dad who, as we stated earlier, Lily hates. This is when the two gals decide to open up a bottle of red wine and have a discussion about killing Lily’s father. Casual wine talk. The two meet up with Anton Yelchin’s (RIP) character Tim. A Westchester drop out drug dealer with a slight social stigma about being a pedophile. Every town has one of those. The two girls try to hire him to kill Lily’s father but whether or not that happens, you will have to watch and see…….or scroll to the bottom.
That being said this movie is straight up movie nerds creaming them selves a bit. Its a good movie, but the movie poster plastered with “Wickedly funny!” is an outrageous claim even from a exaggerating Bostonian standard. Don’t get me wrong I had a few laughs but I breathed perfectly fine the whole time. It was a fine movie, had a beginning a middle and an end and kept me interested the whole time. The movie has the benefits of being well paced and short. It feels few and far in between where we get a good 90 minute movie. Don’t get me wrong I’ll sit through a long movie if its good enough, but sometimes I’m like the Trill Withers of movie watching where a good 90 minute movie is my speed on a casual Thursday evening. Aside from that the movie also has a stylish feel with the music that keeps you interested. That’s how you win over my brain sometimes. Short and stylish, like a Shakira type because shes 5’2 and hot.
Now although i didn’t think it was funny like the next Superbad or something, the writing and performance was dope. The dead pan performance from Olivia Cooke was money. ATJ gives a good performance as well. Also have to mention this was Anton Yelchins very last role. He was fine and probably had more of the actually funny performances playing off of the dead pan humor of Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy. Not to mention he’s the one character who’s some what normal mentally. Sad to see hi go even though I didn’t watch any of the new Star Treks and I thought Alpha Dog sucked. He was a nice kid in that, but still was kind of a stinker to me. All together I give it like a 7.3. It’s not gonna be any award type movie. But strong potential to be a cult classic type of film. Anton Yelchin’s last movie. Taylor-Joy and Cooke both about to become bigger names with Glass, New Mutants and Ready Player One, Life itself coming out soon. And the movie itself has a distinct style to it with the music.
Lily kills the step father. Wild scene. That whole like 5 minute performance is chilling as fuck. Plus the crying, I’m not an actual movie critic or in any way qualified to evaluate acting performances but I thought it was really fucking good crying. It was somewhat a theme in the movie, crying, being able to fake it, and when it was real, It definitely draws attention to that scene more and I think it pays off. I don’t want to sound like a lunatic, but its definitely worth paying and sitting through a 90 minute movie for that scene.