(ESP-ENG) Barbarian, la historia de un secreto retorcido // Barbarian, the story of a twisted secret!
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
I know that we are already in the month of November and therefore the spooky season is officially over but Halloween was yesterday and to celebrate it as it should I decided to see a film that is called to be one of the great surprises in horror cinema, one that has a fairly common story but in its way is one that surprises a lot. As I have always commented getting a horror film that is really worthwhile is almost an impossible task to achieve because many of them fall into the same old moves, into clichés, which is not all bad when the context helps and there is a good plot or story behind it.
I also have the habit, I don't know if in the end it hurts me more than helps me, to read a little bit the reviews that are being made of the film in question, I do this to know what I'm facing and what I'm going to get although I also think it's a bit of anxiety, watching a film totally blind is one of the things that costs me a lot. But why do I say all this? - Because the critics and reviews that I've seen out there place it as one of the films to which we should pay more attention this year to the point that when it was released in theaters the response was very positive. Do I share this opinion? - In principle what I can tell you is that this extremely twisted and sinister journey can make anyone uncomfortable. But well, without further ado, let's talk a little bit about this peculiar horror title.
This is a story that begins with Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell), a young woman who is passing through the city of Detroit as she has a job interview in the coming days. Being a tourist she decides to rent a house to spend a couple of nights but soon realizes that something is not going the way it is supposed to go. It's a dark, lonely and gloomy neighborhood but that didn't matter to Tess, she just wanted to get some sleep and get through the night as quickly as possible. The thing is that the house was already rented by another tenant, a weird but apparently nice guy, Keith Toshko (Bill Skarsgård) who decides that Tess pernotate in the house and together find a solution to that. What's interesting and as I already said is that every sense was telling Tess to get out of there but in the urgency and the fact that it was too late she decided to stay.
And as intuition often fails, in this case it was no exception. The atmosphere was strange, heavy, something unseen seemed to be haunting the house, soon those suspicions begin to clear. Late at night Tess realizes that something is definitely strange in that small house and soon she notices that there is something more to be afraid of than just her sleeping partner on the couch. This is when the movie starts to go into horror mode, this is when the plot and situations get increasingly tense and inexplicable and this is when the pace starts to pick up little by little. This is one of those movies that at first glance do not seem to impress much but the truth is that it is not, personally it was one that I enjoyed quite a lot because I consider it a good horror, a decent one with all its elements well marked and elaborated.
This film has a premise that is developed throughout the plot and that is that the less you know, the better. This is because in this way the journey becomes more terrifying and inexplicable to the point that you can become frustrated by the things that happen in it. At first it is a story like any other, very smooth and simple where we are given a context of the characters, why they are where they are to the point that the interaction is becoming as if it were a romantic comedy. But little by little everything gets darker and the atmosphere is filled with doubts which makes you as a viewer a little defensive because you want to know what is going on but the film does not move forward so fast, on the contrary, it drops clues little by little making the experience more sinister.
It is difficult not to get bored in a horror film because of what I said before, the meaningless clichés can kill the whole vibe that they want to try to create but with this film that does not happen, not because those elements do not exist here but because the story itself is so strange and the way it is told is so involving that all that is forgotten and in the end you end up enjoying the ride. I was not bored at any time, the suspense is always there, from the beginning to the end and it is accompanied by a soundtrack very much in keeping with everything, little is said about that. There are moments when what reigns is bewilderment, you have the answer on the screen and yet you do not assimilate what you are seeing, that is the true magic of this film.
As for the characters, the truth is that Georgina playing Tess was very convincing, she is a character that in the film goes through many emotions and traumas and each of them she embroiders them very well. There is a passage where what reigns is deep fear and her performance was ten out of ten and I say this because when she manages to convey the feeling through the screen you know there is a good job. Bill Skarsgård is already a veteran in this genre, I saw him in Castle Rock, a series of a Stephen King book and there I realized that he is made for this type of roles. As in that series here he plays a person who is a complete enigma, he may convince you that everything is fine but deep down you do not end up trusting him, honestly he is a very good actor.
There is a third character played by Justin Long but I prefer not to give clues but just know that like the previous two ends up being a key piece in this story. And is that this film is divided into three acts, three moments that at first do not seem to make much sense but eventually everything fits together, I say this because in each there are different characters but I leave them as a surprise because as I said, the less you know, the more you will enjoy the film.
I give this title an 8/10 because against all odds it convinced me greatly because it has everything, there is a lot of suspense, intrigue, there is the element of surprise that helps a lot to the plot, there are jumpscare that are quite unexpected and it is a very simple story but in the end everything comes to a rather murky secret. As for the ending, it was an acceptable one, I'm not complaining, nothing to complain about. It has a duration of one hour 45 minutes and you can find it in Disney Plus. I leave you the trailer so you can take a look at it. I highly recommend it, it's a decent movie and very worthy of the genre.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos vemos en la próxima!
Well friends that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡A hug to everyone, see you next time!