Halloween Ends review: They messed up Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie

2021 halloween kills has been the Infinity War contemporary Halloween franchise – an ambitious film that expanded the scope of its predecessor, but ultimately felt like an incomplete story. But instead of bringing things home with a End of Game equivalent, Halloween ends plays more like game of thrones season 8: a rushed entry that ignores significant character development, somehow forgets the plot points of the last two movies, and ends up betraying what made this reboot worth watching in the first place. The Corker Trilogy by David Gordon Green Is feel like a definite end to halloween series directed by Jamie Lee Curtis, but fans could ask for someone to try another shot rather than end Michael Myers’ reign of terror on such a sour note.

Do you remember Michael was a kid who stabbed his sister, killed a few babysitters, left a survivor who spent decades plotting his comeback, then got trapped in his burning house, but survived and escaped to murder the survivor’s daughter? Green and co-writer Danny McBride, this time working with Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier, assume that’s not the case, because Halloween ends kicks off with a whole flashback sequence recapping the whole story so far. Trust issues only get worse from there, as the horror movie constantly reminds viewers of not just moments in Halloween history, but things that literally happened minutes before and relationships. between characters that should be obvious by now.

Anything not clearly underlined is swept under the rug. The murder of Karen (Judy Greer) by Michael? Do not worry. The whole town enacting mob justice against Michael Myers at the end of halloween kills, then lose miserably? What matters is that everyone is still scared and paranoid. Instead of resolution Halloween ends resumes four years after the events of Kill, with everyone having forgotten about Michael, and the Strodes mostly on the sidelines. Green and his bandmates reframe the action on an unrelated character, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell). As for the Shape, he hid until Corey stoked his bloodlust.

Michael Myers, creep, in Halloween ends
Photo: Ryan Green/Universal Pictures

Despite this whole trilogy meant to roll on the shoulders of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and her trauma, Halloween ends never delves deeper into the meaning of the trauma. It has multiple characters, including Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), to guilt Laurie into thinking Michael’s return was somehow her fault for being obsessed with him – despite the audience and multiple character witnesses. like Allyson herself, knowing otherwise. The change in tone borders on victim shaming and a complete betrayal of what was meant to be the heart of this film.

Fortunately, Jamie Lee Curtis still shines as Laurie, whom we meet here at another point in her life. Four years after his brutal encounter, Ends find Laurie writes memoirs, bakes pies for Allyson, and flirts with Will Patton’s Deputy Hawkins. After two emotionally charged performances in the previous two movies, it’s actually nice to see Curtis being able to flex his comedic muscles for a while, delivering some genuinely funny moments that should fuel the fire of his recent comments about wanting in make another. Terrible Friday.

However Halloween ends seems in a rush to reach the finish line, it drags on to the action one would expect from a Halloween movie. That’s because most of the 111-minute runtime is devoted to Corey, who becomes a social outcast after a fatal incident one Halloween night and becomes strangely obsessed with Michael Myers.

If nothing else, the turn is ambitious. halloween kills extended the reach to the whole city, and Halloween ends makes bold choices through Corey’s script, as the film explores whether evil is something created by its surroundings or something already within us, unwavering and just waiting to be unleashed. Halloween ends continue the thread of Kill to ask if Michael Myers is a 70-year-old mental patient or an evil incarnate, a supernatural being who heals himself through the act of killing and can almost transmit his essence to others.

Laurie in a green dress and belt and Corey in a brown leather jacket and jeans stand on a leafy suburban street in Halloween Ends

Everyone’s favorite character, Corey, who hangs out with Laurie in Halloween ends
Photo: Ryan Green/Universal Pictures

Unfortunately, Green doesn’t seem interested in answering the big questions. It also can’t find new ways to animate Michael Myers, focusing on Corey for most of the runtime and using a very different, more nerve-wracking tone that belongs in a Kevin Williamson Scream script rather than to a Halloween. a. He ditches the modernized John Carpenter visuals and camera work that became essential to his first Halloween suite for a less creative or energetic film where the camera barely moves.

There is of course a real showdown between Laurie and Michael, one that comes too little too late after an hour of following Corey. There are cool and gruesome kills, but most of them happen off-screen or are deliberately undermined by the staging. Where halloween kills was a brutal slasher that seemed to put us in the shoes of the form, David Gordon Green tries everything he can to subvert the primitive origins of the premise. There’s almost a sense of shame that hangs over the whole movie.

The Halloween saga started by John Carpenter and Debra Hill in 1978 ends in this film, but the ending cannot justify the existence of this continuation of the story. Even though 2018 Halloween set out to explore trauma through horror, there’s nothing in it Ends who pays for the survey. The trilogy ultimately wasn’t about how evil takes hold of us and wreaks havoc through paranoia. It was an ambitious trilogy that tried to take Halloween franchise to new places, but it ultimately fails, introducing so many ideas that it quickly gives up, while forgetting the one thing it was always meant to be about: Laurie Strode.

Halloween ends opens in grand release in theaters and simultaneously stream on Peacock October 14.

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