dylan_wills’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Humans is a nice little ambitious piece of film based on a play of the same name. A family drama told like a psychological horror, with moments of comedic levity sprinkled momentarily.
The director sets the audience in a one location set, a broken down apartment used as a playground for the psychological horror that will loom over every dramatic element that is waiting around each corner. This location holds a thanksgiving family reunion of dysfunctional proportions, where as the night goes on, the broken down apartment this movie is set in starts to represent this fractured family, and their own personal anxieties. This family is haunted.
We journey through the night of this family bickering to each other, and worrying about their own personal issues rather than being in the moment with their family, and we watch as revelations rise to the surface, causing more drama. The solid performances from everyone—even Amy Schumer, who I hate with a passion, is okay here—the chaotically sharp dialogue, and the naturalistic chemistry between everyone makes this feel like a real family night playing out in real time. Throughout the night, the writer/director explores the fears, worries, differences, and problems we as humans experience throughout our life, and how meaningless it all is when time is fleeting away in front of us, while looking at how we can lose something/everything in a blink of an eye, so cherish what you have.
“Everything you have, goes.”
The cinematography, the blocking, the editing, the score, and the sound design are all utilised effectively well together to create this distinct, on edge atmosphere, and to capture every dramatic moment with depth.
I’m not entirely sure if the movie satisfies as a whole by the end, but like, What a debut by Stephen Karam.