DVD movie reviews are occasional posts that review recent DVD releases that I did not review while they are in theaters.
This DVD movie review will focus on 2014’s The Guest.
This is one of the best movies from last year that pretty much none of you have seen or heard of.
The Guest follows the story of a family who recently lost a son who was a soldier. They welcome a mysterious man into their home who claims to be a friend of the dead son. Everything starts off great with him helping the family out in several situations and really becoming a member of the family. But throughout the movie questions are raised as to who this man and what exactly he wants. Strange things start happening and things aren’t what they appear to be and we have our movie.
And it just so happens to be a very entertaining one that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the runtime. Some of the things about the movie really worked. First of all the lead actor, Dan Stevens, is great as the mysterious man known only as David. This will not be the last time we see him. The writing and directing is also very good, coming from the same people who wrote directed the underrated horror film You’re Next from several years ago (another must see if you are a fan of horror or thrillers). The character development is great leaving you confused as to who you should be rooting for as things begin to happen. You want to root for “David” because of all the good things he did even when he starts doing questionable things. The length, at around 100 minutes, is also very good as it never seems to drag on at all. The movie has a little of everything- a little action, a little drama, some comedy.
This last point ends up being a negative for the movie, in my opinion. The movie never seems to know what it wants to be. Sometimes it feels like a comedic drama. Other times it feels like an action movie. At other points it’s a thriller. And it becomes a bit of horror movie at times. The constant shift in tones makes it somewhat hard to follow and know what you are getting from the movie. I believe this constant shift in intentional by the filmmakers and others may find it enjoyable. It just didn’t quite work for me. The acting by the supporting cast is also subpar in parts and seems a little stiff. It’s serviceable for the movie and doesn’t get overly distracting but is noticeable.
Overall the movie is intense, thrilling, and very entertaining. It’s worth at watch for anyone looking for a good movie to watch one Saturday night. Grab it from a Redbox and enjoy. It gets a 3.5/5 from me (Comparison Score-You’re Next: 3.75/5).