director Bryan Bertino
Is The Monster a metaphor, or is The Monster not a metaphor?
In the end, it’s not a metaphor, but it really seemed like it wanted to be.
What’s left is a thriller about a dysfunctional mom and her daughter stuck on an isolated road with a shadowy beast. Who is not a metaphor for mom’s alcoholism.
Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine carry Bryan Bertino’s 2016 The Monster as far as they can. Unfortunately, his script and direction leave them shy of something totally worthwhile.