Recently I’ve joined the many people who have become instantly addicted to Becca over at Lady or Not…Here I Come. She gets such major kudos for always making me smile (especially her stuff about the Ugly Cry- I thought that was a closely guarded secret in my circle of girlfriends!).
It helps that she reminds me of my best friend, Germany, so so much (trivia alert– technically they share the same name…but shhhh, I don’t use real names on here). They’re both such positive and snarky fabulous women.
But that’s getting off the subject at hand….
I decided to participate in her lovely Blogtoberfest event- a Halloween themed month, perfect for me. Also perfect for me- a movie review!
Last night I popped in “The Return” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
This is a newer movie than I normally watch for Halloween, but since it’s lesser known, I thought maybe it could be worth it. Also, I read it has to do with some mental-health stuff, and I tend to like those.
It’s about a traveling saleswoman name Joanna who keeps having these weird violent dreams about something terrible happening in a small Texas town. While in Texas for business, she decides to check out the small town of La Salle to see why the heck she keeps dreaming about it.
Yeah- it’s pretty crap. Not even much of a B-rated enjoyment.
This is mostly because it’s just downright confusing. I couldn’t tell when things were actually happening or Sarah Michelle Gellar was simply having “just another psycho daydream” (that usually ended with her cutting- apparently this is the “mental-health stuff”).
The scene cuts were very disjointed and there weren’t good cues (music, ambiance, etc.) to let you know that what you were viewing wasn’t “really happening”.
It also really weirded me out to see Ben from the T.V. show, Parks & Rec (Adam Scott) play a skeevey assaulting a-hole. He did it pretty well though, despite his part being brief.
I think the end was supposed to be a twist? Maybe? I more saw it as a “Oh thank god they’ve stopped having confusing scene cuts and just freakin’ SHOWED what the hell was going on”.
It was a good laugh though. And I did really like the idea behind what was happening to Sarah Michelle Gellar. I just wish they’d explained it better.
I won’t ruin “the twist” in case someone out there does want to check it out. I would say it’s okay to watch with a couple friends for fun if you’ve acquired a copy cheaply.
Maybe do a shot every time the scene turns out to all be in Sarah Michelle Gellar’s head.