A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.
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The first problem is that it's not very funny (Farmiga is not just in a more dramatic mode, she's totally humorless), but it also doesn't seem interested in using the stuck-inside-a-film conceit to pose any questions or ideas about our relationship to the movies. In a vacuum, the mother-daughter fare may have been sweet, but it's uncomfortably sexualized here -- a dissonance that is, again, left unexplored.
A great script by Fortin and Miller makes for great fun in this meta mix of 'Friday the 13th' and a reverse 'Purple Rose of Cairo'. All the dumb aspects of the slasher genre are here in full parody with a winking nod to the audience and game performances from the full cast. Farmiga and Akerman are great with a fairly touching final scene together. '..her hair is harlowe gold, her lips sweet surprise....'
For a film with such an intriguing premise, The Final Girls is underwhelming, underdeveloped and trapped by its own concept. Talented young comedians create improvisational moments of pure comedic bliss, but ultimately this satire lacks depth, sharpness and, perhaps most shockingly, blood...
"Wait, where are you going? You're going to miss the slumber party. You came back, Yay! Wait, where are you going? You're going to miss the slumber party. You came back, Yay! Wait, where are you going? You're going to miss the slumber party. You came back, Yay!"
The horror-comedy genre, like the slasher genre, rarely plays on tender emotions, nor creates an emotional investment, let alone even works as a study of grief and loss, with a theme of how one's art outlives its creator. The slasher-comedy, The Final Girls, does all these things. It's also very sincere and has a lot of heart while being quite funny and exceptionally creative in how it handles its plot.
this is a solid five to me. it's original, entertaining, hilarious as hell and it has a heart. also the cast is great (alia shawkat!!!!). it has flaws, but i'm willing to overlook them due to how great every other aspect of this movie is. don't take it too seriously and just go with it!!!! fuck i love this movie
2-3. It's Pleasantville for the 80s. But never really goes so far as to shatter the framework that it, at best, critiques very gently. Which is a damn shame, because with both conflict and concept in hand, it could've made for a VERY good film. When at best it's more okay. The mother-daughter core is moving, and there's a smattering of very clever moments. But, yeah; not scary, and not the best it could be.