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Canary’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
This film is like oatmeal without brown sugar. You feel bloated, but not full.
The female characters were treated awfully - literally every woman was murdered expect for grandma. The men dealt out abuse in copious amounts - to the point where my stomach was actually upset.
I'm disappointed. On principle, think the generational setup is hard to do, and it is not done well here. Too much time is spent on Bill Skarsgård's character only to set up Arvin's trauma. There's no driving force behind these characters, there's no sense to this violence, and no one's motivation holds water. It feels aimless. These characters are floating around West Virginia, abusing and hurting each other. If there were fewer characters, no narrator, and better structure (the time hopping and trying to keep track of the title cards was too much), perhaps the story could be salvaged.
I only cared about Arvin's character because i adore Tom Holland's work so much, and that's a testament to Holland's charisma and a knock to the writing and direction. A stellar performance from Holland that breaks him out of the Marvel mold, but lackluster delivery from Stan. Pattinson, Keough, and Skarsgård do very well.
I don't even want to read the book this film was based on, it was so soulless. I did not have fun watching this film, and I think enjoyment is the point of film.