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Falls squarely in B movie territory but, by virtue of its two lead performers, winds up being far more enjoyable than it has any right to be.
A "bad" movie that's made suddenly good by the involvement of a game audience and Jordan allowing Huppert to go certifiably batshit on a doe-eyed Moretz.
There's something just slightly off about these characters, as if Jordan never quite figured them out, or why they need each other.
There is no clear moment where Greta turns from boring stalker movie into full-blooded wack-a-doo thriller, and that is ultimately the film's downfall.
Coupled with the carnage is a potent undercurrent of grief...
Even though it may be hard to suspend disbelief, Greta is a wild ride and an example of a modern-day thriller that not only allows its characters to use their cell phones, but dramatizes how a cell phone can be used as a tool to terrorize someone.
While Isabelle Huppert is undeniably her usual majestic self - delightful and delighted - Greta is ultimately an very ordinary film that centres around one genuinely extraordinary performance.
Greta simply isn't frightening enough to be a great horror film, and it's not campy enough to be a guilty pleasure. Greta could have been great fun -- and a much stronger film -- had it leaned into its genre origins.
Neil Jordan's deft control of pace and tone elevates Greta past mere gimmickry, resulting in a comic thriller whose goofy humor only compounds its mastery of suspense.
Less gothic romance than it is YA thriller (think early Willow Davis Roberts), Huppert gets to purr her way from something like Euro-style Mrs. Voorhees to full-fledged insane harridan.
Isabelle Huppert keeps the audience hooked, enjoying every campy moment of it.
It is certainly not the film you expect from Huppert and company, but I'll be damned if I wasn't thoroughly entertained by it.
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