Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Spiral: From the Book of Saw ★★★

Take this with a grain of salt - I gave up on the Saw franchise after having hated the first two - but, Spiral is the best Saw movie. Easily.

And I think that is mostly do due with Pigsaw or whatever this villain's name is only being 80% as annoying as Jigsaw. Sure, there's the moral preening, the 'games' etc. - this guy was dumb, but in a cruel way. While Jigsaw was just stupid as shit in a braindead way.

Anyway, it's a Saw movie so there are traps and everything looks like the Antichrist Superstar music video. It's kind of comforting to know that the aesthetic has remained steady through the years. Chris Rock isn't very funny here, but it's fun pacing for the movie to allow him to riff something out. Whether its the R word or how Pilates isn't real, the jolting injection of humor is something the Saw franchise badly needed.