Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: Allison Brie upgrades big time with Netflix's "Horse Girl."

Horse Girl Review
Even though I am aware of Alison Brie, I am not totally up to date with her filmography and career. I was a hardened fan of "BoJack Horsemen" and it makes me terribly sad that it ended last week. Her voice work in the "LEGO Franchise" as UniKitty is big fun. She was funny in "Get Hard" and "The Disaster Artist," but those were relatively small roles. I never got into "Community" yet, but plan to do so as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I don't remember "Scream 4" that well. But "The Five Year Engagement" is an underrated comedy and Brie's moments along side Chris Pratt were very funny. From there, all I really know is that she's Dave Franco's wife.

Alison Brie's upgrades in a big way in "Horse Girl." The wild new movie on Netflix. She gives a five-star performance. I know we still have award season gitters, I know the year just started and its a LONG way until December 2020, but Brie's performance is so confident, so strange that I'd love for it to somehow be in the awards talk by the end of this year. But alas, I need to wait to see how the rest of the year goes. It's just that...when someone really breaks their own mold, in a way we've never seen before. It's shocking in the best way and its amazing.

How do I even describe "Horse Girl?" I've been wondering that since last night. Allison Brie plays Sarah. She works at a fabric company. She likes horses. She's kind of introverted, maybe even autistic in the way she has conversations with people. But she's nice and most people find her nice, even if she's a little overbearing to like. She likes her science fiction shows too. Obviously, she also likes horses. But she begins to see things, little glimpses of things. She begins to have really weird dreams where she is laying in an all-white limbo and she sees a man laying next to her (John Ortiz), then she begins to see the same man in real life.

Is she developing a mental disorder? Is she a clone created in a lab somewhere? Is she being prepped to be taken by aliens? Those are the three culprits investigated in the movie, and I don't think you'll be able to guess where the movie is heading. Sometimes, the movie feels like a comedy. Other times it feels like a dramedy. Other times it feels experimental. Other times it kind of feels David Lynchian. Point being, it will keep you guessing until the end. The ending isn't shocking, it's just end of a wild ride that I didn't want to end.

Like I said, Allison Brie is just amazing, I hope she takes on more challenging work like I see here. Molly Shannon is also pretty good as Sarah's co-worker. After seeing her be so over-the-top on SNL for years, it's interesting to see her play a fairly normal person, she does great work. The cast does really well. If you like your cinema wildly weird, check this out. Netflix is getting better and better picking movies for their platform.

FINAL GRADE: A-

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