This is the 3rd Netflix feature film Stephen King adaptation (Gerald's Game, 1922) and, for what it's worth, I think they can surely make some more. "In the Tall Grass" is not flawless, but it's entertaining, aesthetically pleasing & there's great bits in an otherwise mixed bag.A lot of people are and will call "In the Tall Grass" pointless or empty, and it's true that its biggest flaw is the near miniature plot. The story never leads to anything shocking, huge or, well, to nothing quite satisfying enough. The shallowness of the main story line is compensated with shabby side plots of some of the characters. Sadly, I have not expierenced the novella and can't do any comparisons. I've read a LOT of King though. Besides the story, there were other aspects that kept me watching & engaged. Compliments to the cinematographer and camera & sound crews - technically "In the Tall Grass" is a treat, the stylistic solutions add a lot to the atmosphere & the sound design is the kind that can give you goosebumps given that you have the hardware of a melomaniac. Besides the technical side of the movie the acting's also top level, as much as it could be taking into account the script & characters. You'll probably find yourself not caring for one or few of them, but if one thing's for sure it's that Patrick Wilson most definitely doesn't fail to entertain. The pacing is quite fine - the middle part might get slower but it picks up again.Overall "In the Tall Grass" is a mood piece, if you're not looking for a lot of substance, this is a good horror movie to watch loudly & in the darkness. I'll eat up any Stephen King adaptation and this one's grantedly above average. My rating: 7/10.
So, this is not by any means a ground breaking piece of cinema. That being said I found it to be rather enjoyable. I put it on at 11:30 at night thinking it would be something to fall asleep to. Let's face it, most unknown films you find randomly scrolling through netflix usually are good for a snooze and that's about it. I ended up engrossed in the film and watched it all the way to the end feeling rather involved in the story. I see a lot of people complaining about how the characters made bad decisions. This is a horror film people, horror wouldn't exist if it weren't for people making bad decisions. If characters did the smart thing in any horror film it would be about 5 minutes long. Secondly the film's ending is quite easily understood ad long as you dont need your plots soon fed to you. Solid acting, good atmosphere and an amusing if not horribly original plot. You could definitely find worse things to watch.
I don't write reviews. This one made me. I cannot in good conscience allow any coherent individual to suffer through this hot mess. Sometimes you read a review of a movie that is so bad, you want to watch it to see just how bad it is. Please don't with this one. Grass. Yelling. Grass. Screaming. Cal. Becky. Travis. A rock. Darkness. Chanting. There. That's it. You're welcome.
The trailer is enticing, the names associated is even more enticing.
I saw this only cos of Patrick Wilson. Stephen King's name wasn't suffice to pull me into this purgatory.
It is directed by Vincenzo Natali, the guy who gave us Cube, an awesome thriller. In this film he takes the similar concept from his previous movie Haunter which is decent compared to this.There is unnecessary repetitive scenes of a pregnant woman screaming, irritating scenes of blurred visions, 101 mins of jus grass swaying which gets repetitive n boring.
Ther is absolutely no explanation.
I used to think that only Victor Crowley cud smash a person's face/head with bare hands but u have to check out a scene in this film.
In some scenes, the child's acting is weak. He is seen trying to control his laughter. Mayb he was laughing at the lousy plot.Better films on similar concept : Farmhouse, Triangle (Melissa George) n Haunter.
I remember 'Family Guy' once making a joke about how Stephen King just looks at an item in the room (in their example a desk lamp) and decides that will be the topic of his next book. It's kind of hard to argue with that when he starts writing about grass. At least when he wrote about corn back in the day he threw some evil children into the mix as well. The result is a pretty unwatchable film on this occasion.These are the laziest types of stories in existence. Nothing is explained and of course anything that you need to drive your story forward can and will happen. Time travel? Sure. Teleportation? Why not. And if a character dies in one scene, don't worry they'll likely be back in the next. Add in that the characters were about as bland as they ever come and you have yourself a pretty unenjoyable movie. In fact it is almost impossible to root for or care about a single character in this movie because less than zero time is spent building them up as characters.Even Patrick Wilson, one of my favourite actors working today, couldn't save this mess unfortunately - although I'll give him credit, he did try valiantly. There's just nothing good here. It's a movie that repeats itself over and over and has nothing to say about anything. It is as pointless as films come. I'm very glad this one came to Netflix, because I'm the sucker who probably would've paid to see it in cinemas and been very disappointed. Avoid this one.
From the really creative director of 'Cube', one of the greatest scifi films made in my opinion.
The film maker has unfortunately moved primarily into television episode directing since then, with a couple hit n miss films in-between like 'Splice' which was so-so. Nothing living upto Cube. 'In the Tall Grass' in my opinion is his second strongest film now. Shot. directed and mostly written really well, follows a creepy Stephen king story.. what more could you need?The concept of this story reminds me (and I assume anyone who grew up in rural areas) of the many types of games you would come up with when you were young with a wild imagination. Yet with the addition of horror.So many make believe games you come up with as a child, put into a adult perspective. Can be made totally horrifying because death or injury is often the end result. The one even city kids would know and love would be stepping on parts of a sidewalk without cracks or lines. Or you brake your back/die/get lost in another world.. etc.
Forests and fields were a gold mine for these types of games and this film plays to that idea perfectly.The only thing that let the film down was some writing/plot hole issues that could've been filled quite easily in my opinion. The father of the pregnant woman not calling the police when he finds the car (not a spoiler dw) could have been supernaturally excused easily, but they just don't address it at all.
Some of the dialogue was kinda 'meh', but mostly it was good enough for this type of film.I really like films that don't fit in a stereotype of what most movies post 2010 have become. I think around that year the decline really began with original film makers. Probably earlier. But it's become very noticeable now.
It's worth trying films like this out and giving them a fair opinion, not steeped in cynicism. On a off day where the current world is bringing me down to much, I could've given this a standard 6/10. But that would be a mistake and not giving credit towards the successfully accomplished vision of the director for a story such as 'In the tall grass' .
Please give this movie a shot. Especially if you're sick and tired of most of the generic toeing the safe ground story writing type films.
So this was a utter disappointment. It kinda starts out interesting, for the first 5 or 10 minutes or so. And then the screaming starts. And then the shots of the grass starts. There's so much annoying footage of the goddamn grass and I kept asking myself why is this so important to the plot? I cried inside and begged to the gods, please stop this screaming and yelling and stop feeding me all this grass. By now you might ask yourself why I just didn't turn it of? I don't know, it became about prestige I guess.
To sum it up, it reminded me so much of all the pointless and bad Stephen King adaptions from the 90s. Trust me I'm a big genre fan and this is just a waste of your time.
This really is a terrible film and so boring. Spoiler alert: the script throughout the entire thing consists only of"Becky?!"
"Travis! You there?!"
"Becky ... Where are you?!.... Becky ?! Becky?!"
"Travis I'm here! I'm scared!"
"Becky, where are you?"
"Becky! Follow my voice!"