Film review: Greta

A slow-paced psychological thriller with a top-quality cast and shot with film from a multi-award-winning director? There’s not much to be wrong, especially when you’re a fan of the genre that, for no apparent reason, …

A slow-paced psychological thriller with a top-quality cast and shot with film from a multi-award-winning director? There’s not much to be wrong, especially when you’re a fan of the genre that, for no apparent reason, has nearly gone into in the past decade. Why does Greta appear to have completely snubbed the masses?


Young Frances and their best friend Erica have lived with her best friend Erica in New York for some time and are struggling to come into a new relationship with her mother’s passing just a year ago. After an exhausting day, she comes across an unclaimed purse in the subway on the way home. Since the lost and found office has been closed, she is compelled to do without further effort to return the bag to the owner.

She describes herself as Greta Hideg and is ecstatic by the friendly young lady. In the course of tea, they realize that both of them have experienced devastating losses. Not only did Greta’s husband pass recently, but her dog was recently killed. Her daughter is in school in Paris, and thus the friendly elderly lady is obviously in a state of loneliness. The relationship between the two women proliferates appears to do them good initially. However, Greta continues to push herself deeper into Frances’s life, and then she comes across a situation that turns her anger into anxiety.

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In the way that the introduction could seem to suggest Greta wasn’t able to appear to be the high-quality film it was supposed to be. It also doesn’t make any apparent mistakes. The director Neil Jordan undeniably knows his art and has managed to present the most difficult of material convincingly. This is where the challenge is: the content and the concept.

The basic idea of a remarkable new acquaintance who appears to enter the protagonist’s life through random chance, only to reveal themselves to be an imminent threat slowly, has been presented in so many different forms and costumes that there aren’t a lot of surprises left to draw from it. In the present, the script is to be credited with a positive shift away from the expectations one might expect from this scenario in the third.

The main issue is that this new method doesn’t seem credible. The events in the last scene seem to be fabricated by the writers (including Jordan, among others, to name a few) to reach a tentative conclusion. This leaves many unanswered concerns, and the credibility is eroded every second. The actual ending is a little more logical and provides an intriguing and surprising twist.

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There is nothing wrong with the casting. Chloe Grace Moretz does not give her best performance, but she performs her part perfectly. It is important to note that her character does not offer much more other than react to things that happen to her. The only thing that must be done in a movie like this is to play the antagonist, and she succeeds even though there are some flaws in Greta’s behavior. The dazzling Isabelle Huppert works through these minor issues effortlessly and displays the intimidating appearance one wouldn’t expect from an elderly, petite woman. Maika Monroe, who plays an atypically superficial and irritating Erica, however, hiding a real friend beneath, is convincing.

As stated at the beginning, there are a few design flaws within GretaJordan is a film that does not perform any experiments and traditionally makes the film with confidence. As a result, the images have an unpleasant undertone without the commonly employed stylistic tools like color and grading. The music fits in with this bizarre apathy, mainly classical piano music, that only has an impact due to their connection to the story.

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These kinds of films have often been a bit thin on the scene recently, and it’s even sadder to see this high-quality team wasted in this mediocre film. The first two-thirds follow a well-worn path, but the film sacrifices its complete authenticity toward the end to go off of those paths. Nevertheless, Isabelle Huppert is worth seeing, and the result is a success as well, so Greta is sure to be worth watching, especially for the starving friends of the genre.

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