Aneesh Chaganty’s review published on Letterboxd:
Like starting a book, putting it down 75% in, starting another book, and putting it down 40% in. Neither part of WAVES - designated by which character we’re following, brother or sister - felt fully explored, although it’s clear the filmmaker had more to say about masculinity. I wish it stayed there.
That said, if you lose the forest for the trees, lots about this movie works. Individual sequences excel (one that begins with a text and ends in the backseat of a car is particularly excellent), performances are rock solid, and the INTENTION of this movie is in the right place. Yet it felt like I was constantly rooting for a movie that never found its footing.
Finally, couldn’t help but feel bad for Shults that HBO’s (and A24!!) EUPHORIA exists. So much of the tone, message and character dynamics are similar, I couldn’t help but compare. Euphoria has my vote.
Will certainly watch what Shults does next though. Any filmmaker brave and capable enough to jump from KRISHA to IT COMES AT NIGHT to this is worth the investment.