BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022)
A modern day twisty, gruesome whodunnit, Bodies Bodies Bodies brings the riotous laughs and the nonstop tension thanks to its talented cast, but does it stick the landing?
In Bodies Bodies Bodies, a hurricane party goes awry when a rich young friend group is put to the test when secrets begin being revealed and bodies start piling up. To call this a slasher film wouldn’t be totally appropriate as it is more of a mystery-comedy that plays with established tropes and keeps you guessing until the very end. Amanda Stenberg and Maria Bakalove are solid in the lead riles, the latter of which flexes her dramatic muscles after a comedic turn in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Shiva Baby’s Rachel Sennott, however, steals the show in a hilarious supporting role where she plays the aloof, somewhat dimwitted friend. Pete Davidson also delivers in his limited role, his lines among some of the film’s funniest.
Director Halina Reijn uses the setting of a massive mansion to her advantage, the audience never quite grasping the layout which leads to further uneasiness as events unfold. The script is mostly well-constructed and the characters fleshed out, their dialogue a farcical representation of issues likely to be of concern to groups like this in reality. It falls a bit short, though, by not completely delivering on the premise nor living up to the title. As intelligent a film as it is, it would have been more unique and memorable had it really let loose and leaned into the violence teased. While enjoyable, there was a sense of “that’s it?” when the curtain was pulled back that undercut a lot of the film. Still, it’s a wildly fun ride thanks mainly to the wonderful cast.
Bodies Bodies Bodies hits theaters Friday.
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