Male entitlement is the greatest monster of all in this nihilistic horror comedy that smartly subverts expectations without ever letting go of its inherent silliness. Some of its most biting comments are more cutting than what a serious prestige film on the same matter could ever hope to achieve. The end is maddening and the whole experience, while exciting, is certainly more deliberately infuriating than fun.
The first act twist re-configures its typical home-invasion plot into something much more sinister, with an undercurrent of dark humor. Better Watch Out also creates one of the more unique lead villains in quite some time from there on out. Its problem is that narratively it's too stationary after that, never developing its creativity further in plot, story, or character. It does remain very watchable, though.
I completely surprised myself and everyone else by selling it as a Christmas home invasion - really, just stop reading and watch it if you're at all interested. I found it really enjoyable and can see the shades of a twisted Home Alone but Kevin McCallister always struck me as a bit of psycho.
The comedy is too grim and the holiday setting is an afterthought, but this is a smart, subversive shocker. Levi Miller is imminently hateable and absolutely captivating.The squeaking young sociopath is a perfectly drawn character, turning what could have been a standard “bad seed” into a high strung mass of mommy issues and inflated privilege. If this were the 80s, the character would have spawned a franchise!
This is one of the most subversive yet decidedly unpleasant horror films I've seen in some time. The less you know about "Better Watch Out" going into it, the better - rest assured it's a novel reversal of the usual home invasion formula. The movie effectively showcase the ugliness of male entitlement run amok (shades of the Isla Vista shooter), but if you're like me you may find its nihilism overbearing before long.
A fun and disturbing piece of home invasion cinema. I went in cold and had no clue where the movie was going which made it all the more interesting. I think that the performances were up to scratch and script and direction likewise. Props to the score which was very good and Levi Miller's acting. Downsides are that the tone is somewhat uneven and I didn't really get as involved as I should have been.
Take it from one who has seen a large number of films over their lifetime, this is a harrowing thriller that gets under your skin and never lets go (in fact, digs in until the very last frame). Levi Miller is frighteningly good, and by this, I mean scary. Like, as scary as an insane pre-teen can be, which I found out can be pretty damn much. There are many unseen twists/turns here, so definitely watch it.