Friday, November 9

Film Friday: Feed

I don't normally do this, but I am going to put up a 
TRIGGER WARNING
for this review. Much of the 
movie deals with anorexia.




source/imdb





Guys. This movie is really good. Not "I could totally watch this a million times and never be bored" good. But...quality and definitely underrated.

I'm going to open with: yes, the twins in this movie are too close. When the story opens, all is ostensibly good in the world. Olivia and Matthew are twins, and they are best friends. He's the charismatic senior class president. She's going to be Valedictorian. They come from - maybe not "wealth" but definitely money.
She is perhaps a bit of a perfectionist with her studies, and maybe a little bit awkward, but in that smart, quiet, everyone-actually-adores-her way.
And nobody adores her like her brother does.
There is a dinner scene where her father is a bit of a dick, but not a total shithead. He makes little conversational remarks and everyone knows he's a dick, but he's not openly berating his daughter or anything. But we see why, with the parents they have, why the twins would be so close and protective of each other.
And then there is some stuff where you're like...what? Okay, I know she's a bit awkward, but she's also smart and popular and this jock dude is all about her, so it's not like she's some weird outcast that no one knows or likes. And yet...she only wants to be with Matt.
Until it's sexy time with her boyfriend and then Matt catches her and he flies into a (very obviously jealous) rage.
And it is never explicitly stated, but their twinhood is very clearly "you're the one I'll be thinking about on my wedding night."

Anyway, they argue because she was having sexy time and Matt doesn't like that, even though he was having sexy time of his own.
They argue in the car and he dies in the crash.
This is the first ten minutes of the film.

After that, the movie slows down for a bit, as we see Olivia in mourning and losing her appetite. She can't deal with life without Matt.
And then he appears.
Tom Felton spends the rest of the movie as Ghost Matt, a darker version of Live Matt. Ghost Matt is essentially the face and voice of Olivia's perfectionism, and specifically, her anorexia.
I both loved and hated Matt here.
Love, because - Tom Felton.
Hate, because - well, the voice of perfection, and more to the point, anorexia, is not a nice one, as many know.

I was pleased with how it showed Olivia in therapy, and even more pleased with the ending, which was ambiguous, but not really.

I would have given this moving a higher grade, but I really wanted to see a bit more about the twins' creepy relationship, and how conscious each of them was of it. Also, I think I would have liked to see a bit more of Olivia's personality changes according to her friends and such.

B+

Heads Up: Language. Some sexual situations. Anorexia.
 
























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