director Ari Aster
viewed: 06/16/2018 at Century 20 Daly City and XD, Daly City, CA
The hot horror movie of the moment, Hereditary, is a break-out first feature from writer-director Ari Aster. An original and intriguing concept, Hereditary is shaped like the more artsy classics of the horror genre, ranging away from the pulpier fare.
As well-crafted and inventive as it is, the film’s true power comes from its cast. Headlined certainly by Toni Collette, a lot of credit should also go to Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro, who play her son and daughter, respectively. It’s familial terror, tinged with personal tragedy, mysterious histories, grief, loss, and something ultimately evil.
Definitely, the less you know going in, the better. Because the unknown is a dark place for the film. And significantly a component of its success.
All that said, its ambitions possibly outstretch its means. Some plot elements are blurted out in dialogue/monologue, successfully enough, but this drew my attention to plot holes or other flaws.
That said, I definitely think it’s a successful horror film and a promising start for Ari Aster.