The Fear of God: Ready or Not

28 Feb

Reed and Nathan discuss Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not.

One Response to “The Fear of God: Ready or Not”

  1. FictionIsntReal February 28, 2020 at 10:05 pm #

    I don’t think of Ready or Not as really being a “class”/political film. We get basically nothing on Grace’s backstory or any other lower-class characters, and we spend basically the whole film inside a mansion which is mostly there to serve as a location for the plot. This sort of premise has been used repeatedly since The Most Dangerous Game because it makes for a good thriller or action movie. Others have compared this film to You’re Next, which I mostly prefer for its greater ratio of horror to comedy, but that film also does more to highlight the petty/venal motivations of the killers. Here an audience member could relate to a Le Domas not wanting their family, including their children, to blow-up, although it makes us dislike even those kids so we don’t feel bad when that happens. It’s basically explicit that Alex’s turn comes not from materialist motivations but instead lingering loyalty to his family after he sees his brother and mother dead.

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