Possessor ★★★★

I don’t know if I can write coherent thoughts about this film, so here are some things that stood out: 

-Andrea Riseborough has such a distinctive face. She’s an excellent actress, but also a perfect aesthetic fit in hallucinogenic films like this and Mandy. I don’t know if her distinctive face also makes her 51% melted maskface look cool, but it does!

-It’s great that Ned Stark (Sean Bean) plays a prick dad instead of his DutyHonorCallMyAgent Game of Thrones character. His face and sharp objects are still thick as thieves.

-Christopher Abbott is Kit Harrington to me, so this was a strangely Game of Thrones-ish experience. I kept expecting a three-eyed raven to squawk into the tripped out scenes where the possessor and host bodies were battling it out.

-Between this and Annihilation, Jennifer Jason Leigh has perfected the role of the jaded Vice President in Charge of Sitting in the Corner Office and Monitoring Women Who Disappear Into High Production Value Hellscapes.

-The plot was a bit convoluted at times, but every time it seemed like Cronenberg was too obsessed with blowing people’s minds, he got back to literally blowing people’s minds. Much appreciated.

-I’m not going to give away the tiny perfect moment at the end of the film, but it’s so subtle, and so smart. I’d heard that Cronenberg Jr. was jumping on Daddy’s Body Horror Train, but I’m relieved to find that he’s got his own thing going on.


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