Deathy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Score : 7.8/10 ✅
-He’s broadcasting his thoughts! 😂
Believe the hype, Malignant is as weird, if not bat-shit crazy as you’ve heard, the ultimate divisive movies of 2021 have just made an emergency landing and even reading this line will not prepare you for it.
James Wan had the audacity to fabricate one of the most over-the-top and bizarre film he ever had the chance to do (yet), there’s a certain confidence here in play because if I have to be honest, I would have rated this movie a maximum of 4 out of 10 after 30 minutes, I don’t know how Wan does it but that third act is so unique and memorable that it makes me appreciate the bad time I had at the beginning of the movie.
Malignant is giving the maximum to fry your brain, it’s a bad soap opera, a campy body horror film and [strangely] a murder mystery, all throws at once in a deliberated way to confuse the audience, it felt like James Wan knew exactly what he was doing with the constant change of tone, I applaud him.
I want to talk about the cinematography here, there’s something so captivating about it, there’s a lot of impressive shot during the third act (that I won’t spoil here) but you’ll notice them when they do happen but one shot was burn into my memory and it was the aerial shot in the house, following Madison in such a creative way was outstanding. I’m also a big fan of the music choices and the score, it brings back great feelings of watching a good horror movie from 2002, and I’m including the cool intro scene by the way.
I’m still debating if it was intentional or not, but the dialogue was terrible, like I was actually annoyed by it, probably I’ll appreciate it more on my second watch since I’ll put myself more into a comedic vibe? So yes, Malignant is truly the ‘love or hate movie’ of the moment but what is interesting here is that both opinions are truly justifiable, being in a certain mood would surely help, watching on the big screen would be a plus but ultimately, I think going watching it without having any expectations is the best gift you can give to yourself.
James Wan was called a horror genius repeatedly during the last decade, but Malignant just turn his status into something completely different, he’s now the master of deception for the next decade, bring it on Mister Wan. 👏