I didn’t get out to the movies much this past weekend. I had something big to do on Sunday. As such, I made absolutely sure I saw the new Ready or Not on Saturday. The trailer was amusing, and the concept was intriguing. Was it as funny and exciting as it looked?
Oh, this movie. This movie just did it right. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great popcorn type of movie to come out as a late August release.
Grace (Samara Weaving) is marrying the man of her dreams, Alex La Domas (Mark O’Brien). He’s the son of a rich family that made its money off all manner of gaming. Grace feels a bit out of place. Unlike Alex’s other in-laws, she doesn’t come from money and doesn’t even have any family. Her biggest worry at the start is they see her as a gold digger.
As it is, Alex’s family is a bit out there. Alex’s brother Daniel is an alcoholic, his sister Emily is a cokehead, his sister-in-law is ironically named, his brother-in-law is a douchebag, and his aunt could win a scowling championship. But there’s still something going on. At midnight, Grace must play a random game with her new in-laws. Alex seems to know something about it, but he isn’t talking. When Grace draws “hide and seek,” everything seems to be silly to her, but as soon as she leaves the room, Alex’s family all arm themselves. They need to do something before dawn or else.
There’s a lot of stuff going on here to like. Weaving makes for an appealing heroine. Her expressive eyes grow harder over the course of the movie as she tries to survive the night. As for the various La Domas are fairly two-dimensional with one or two exceptions. Adam Brody actually does a great job as the alcoholic Daniel, and Andie MacDowell has an interesting turn as the family matriarch. Daniel comes across as the most skeptical of the family since the La Domas do this based on a family legend no one knows the truth about.
That’s actually one of the ongoing themes of the movie. Grace isn’t exactly a MMA champ, but she keeps surviving. Part of this is due to the fact the La Domas are not the most competent of people. They bicker quite a bit over how exactly they have to do what they do. Like a family game night where someone lost the instructions, the La Domas can’t even agree on how to play the game. The truly deadly people in the house are few and far between. In fact, the person who gives Sam the most problems is a particularly competent butler.
So, really, go see this one and shut your brain off. It’s not the sort of movie to think too much about. Instead, it’s a well-crafted, fun movie that, once it gets started, never really stops. 8.5 out of 10 realizations that the rich are different.