Initially, the main reason that I wanted to see this film was because of Anton Yelchin, may he rest in peace. This is his last movie to be released in theaters. He passed away in 2016. This movie was completed in 2017 and finally released last weekend, almost 2 years after his death.
This is a limited release film that sort of fell through the cracks.
Thoroughbreds is about two upper-class teenage girls who find themselves plotting and scheming to get what they want in their troubled home-life.
The movie was written and directed by Cory Finley and the noteworthy cast includes Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, and Paul Spark.
Thoroughbreds is a unique movie in a lot of ways. It is a well-written, dialogue driven thriller. There is a naturally chilling pace to the story. Everything seems relevant. It does not try too hard to impress and therefore, is impressive. The story is just told with precise timing. Even the cinematography was tactful and articulate in an almost, but not quite, Hitchcockian manner. This movie did not just go through the motions. It was premeditated and executed beautifully.
The soundtrack, although odd at times, matched the disturbing nature of the story.
Thoroughbreds was an opportunity for a couple of mostly small screen, lesser known actors to show their worth and carry a film themselves. They all showed that they were up to that task. I feel like they were quite successful in making the transition from small screen to big screen right before our very eyes. Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Paul Sparks were all superb. Olivia Cooke’s performance especially stood out. I guarantee that all three of these actors will start popping up all over the place in the near future.
I think that it is an odd coincidence that Anton Yelchin plays a troubled character in each of his last three films before he died. I also still think it was quite suspicious the way that he died.
I always enjoyed Anton as an actor and it seemed as if he had a very bright future ahead of him. It is a shame to see such a nice personality lost to this world, far too soon at the young age of 27. He had been acting for 16 years. He successfully bridged the gap from kid actor to adult actor and had the potential for so much more. He will be missed.
Thoroughbreds would probably have been more successful if it were released years ago. Today’s audiences do not have the attention span for real filmmaking anymore, it seems. This is the unfortunate truth. The depth of this movie will likely not be appreciated by many for what it actually is, a diamond in the rough.
I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Violet & Daisy (2011)
Violet & Daisy is another one of those movies that was made and then thrown on the shelf to collect dust for two years before finally being released in theatres. When it finally made its debut, it was only in limited release. The film was completed in 2011 and not unveiled until midway through 2013.
Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet that everybody involved in making the film was just beyond angry that it took two years to be released in theatres. You work so hard to complete something special, and then nothing happens for two years. Not to mention, movies are made to hopefully turn a profit. Wouldn’t you want to try to make your money back right away?
I have a feeling that this movie may have had trouble making it into theatres because the subject matter is very risky. It’s a film about a teenage girl duo hit man squad. With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people. Of course, the idea was fascinating and I just had to see what it was all about.
The movie was written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, John Ventimiglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Stu ‘Large’ Riley, and Tatiana Maslany.
Violet & Daisy didn’t deserve to be shelved for two years. It’s the kind of movie that could have generated a welcomed sequel or two. But, because it took so long to be released, the teenage girls in the film have already aged too much. Actually, Bledel was already an adult during filming. She pulled off playing a teenager even though she was actually 30 years old when the movie was made. Ronan was closer to half of Bledel’s age. I was shocked when I found that out.
The film was exceptionally fresh and original. It was edgy, cold-blooded and unpredictable. There was a lot of great action and dialogue. There was even a bit of dark comedy thrown into the mix.
Ronan, Bledel, and Gandolfini gave exceptional performances.
The movie is about murder, so don’t be surprised at all of the violence, disturbing images, and language.
Because the movie was delayed for so long, it turned out to be one of Gandolfini’s final film releases, may he rest in peace.
I praise Geoffrey Fletcher for getting this risky movie made.
I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.
Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 2nd – 8th
I have not seen all of the movies that are currently in theatres right now, but I have seen and reviewed 24 of them. Some of the films have been in theatres for a while now and others are newer releases. If you are having trouble deciding what movie to see in theatres, I hope that you will consult my list for help. Movie ticket prices are pretty expensive these days, and I might be able to help save you some of your hard earned cash. My ratings will help you decide what are the best movies currently in theatres and what are the worst movies currently in theatres. Also, at the bottom of the list I have provided you with previews of movies that are out that I have not seen yet.
Click on each title below for a preview, poster artwork, and my full review of that movie:
Click on each title below for a preview and poster artwork of that movie along with my opinion of whether or not I think that film will be any good:
I hope that you find my reviews helpful. I will continue to update this list when I have seen more movies, so feel free to check back regularly. Also, I plan on making a new list each week as more films are released. Happy movie watching from www.brockingmovies.com
Rest in peace James Gandolfini!
He made the film Violet & Daisy (2011) in 2011, but the film has yet to be released. It may have had limited release on 5/3/13, but it has yet to be available in my area.
James Gandolfini with be missed. He always brought a ton of energy to his characters and really knew how to make his presence known. That presence will live on in all of his films and television shows for many years to come.
Click on the links below to my James Gandolfini movie reviews.
Violet & Daisy (2011) (Click on the title for my full review.)
Another one of those movies that has been kept on the shelf for one reason or another. The film was made in 2011 and is rumored to release on 6/7/13. I say rumored because I think that the original intention was to release the film in 2011, but it continues to be pushed back. So, who knows, maybe it will be pushed back from being released again.
Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet everybody involved in making the movie is just beyond angry that it has not been released yet. I know that I would be.
I have a feeling that this film has not been released yet partially due to the fact that it is a risky movie to make. The movie is about a teenage girl duo hit man squad. With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people. With that said, the film looks tastefully made and has a good cast which includes Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Cody Horn, and John Ventimiglia.
It is written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.
The film has sparked my interest enough to want to see it, that is if it ever gets taken off of the shelf.