Friday, December 17, 2021

'Tis the Season - Silent Night (2021)

Streaming Service: AMC+
Movie Name/Year: Silent Night (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Length: 92 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Maven Screen Media, Marv Films, BfParis, Shaw Organisation, AMC+, Altitude Film Entertainment, Capelight Pictures, Husky Films, Madman Entertainment, RLJE Films
Director: Camille Griffin
Writer: Camille Griffin
Actors: Annabelle Wallis, Davida McKenzie, Gilby Griffin Davis, Hardy Griffin Davis, Holly Aird, Keira Knightley, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Lucy Punch, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Rufus Jones, Sope Dirisu, Trudie Styler
IMDb Blurb: Nell, Simon, and their son Art are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.

Cat’s Point of View:
The words that came to mind as the credits rolled for Silent Night were “Holy shit!”
Silent Night went into an abyssal level of deep darkness with its dry comedy. The entire experience was an emotional rollercoaster…in flames. I was laughing one minute, cringing the next, and nearly in tears just a few moments later.
The trailer had significantly piqued my interest. I have to admit that the availability of Silent Night for streaming on AMC+ was one of the plethora of strong selling points for subscribing to the service. I digress… Silent Night certainly delivered and exceeded my expectations.

I’m saddened that I see so many negative reviews – saying it’s slow, the darkness doesn’t have actual comedy relief, or that the satire doesn’t land. I don’t really agree with these. Alright, I will have to concede that the pacing is a little slower than it could have been; but I believe that was done purposefully considering it’s underscoring that the characters are trying to eke out as much life as possible before the end comes.
Silent Night went on a deep dive that resonated, perhaps, a little harshly in this era of pandemic and climate change. To be fair, however, the film was already mostly done before the UK went into its first pandemic lockdown. The social commentary within predated Covid-19 and was meant to target class disparity, mass fear mentality, and climate change. I feel that Silent Night accomplished all that – without beating those points over your head.

The cast was phenomenal in their roles. Of course, Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Collateral Beauty, Misbehaviour) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Official Secrets, A Discovery of Witches) were a significant draw for me to watch. They didn’t disappoint. Another stand-out among the cast was Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit, Felicità - La stagione delle buone notizie). His talent really belies his age. I believed every moment of his emotional journey. 
Silent Night isn’t a production you’d want to put on during a happy and festive holiday gathering, just based on its bleakness. While I understand it’s a bit divisive, I would heartily recommend at least giving it a shot. Just maybe line up something fun and uplifting to follow it. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 62%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 49%
Metascore – 52%
Metacritic User Score – 4.6/10
IMDB Score – 5.7 /10
Trust the Dice: Parental Guidance Rating – R
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4/5
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