Friday, October 21, 2022

Ominous October - Significant Other (2022)

Streaming Service: Paramount+
Movie Name/Year: Significant Other (2022)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Length: 1h 24min
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: Paramount Players, Quay Street Productions, ITVX, Paramount+
Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
Writers: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
Actors: Maika Monroe, Jake Lacy, Teal Sherer, Loudon McCleery, Dana Green, Matthew Yang King
IMDb Blurb: Follows a young couple who take a remote backpacking trip through the Pacific Northwest and face sinister events leading them to realize that everything about the place is not as it seems.

Cat’s Point of View:
This October has been cram-packed with movies I’ve wanted to see. There were so many that I had a really hard time narrowing down to my personal Top 20 list for the monthly article. There were quite a few that looked great that just couldn’t make the cut. Significant Other was one of them. (It did land as #17 on Selina’s list.)
I was intrigued by the trailer when we watched during our stream, and earlier works from this writing and directing team had impressed both Selina and I. I had so many questions at the outset of watching Significant Other, yet thought I had the general gist of where this movie was going.
I was so wrong. That’s also not a bad thing.

One point I do have to mention upfront, however, is that there was a bit of a slow burn going on with character development at the beginning of Significant Other. It could have easily fallen into many other “couple camping in the woods” tropes. Then the whole thing turned on its head.
I was waiting for something significant to happen to shift the gears into the sort of tension the trailer depicted. When the moment came, it earned a gasp from me as if it had punched me in the gut. All of my earlier theories went flying out the window in one split second. The switch from romantic drama to sci-fi thriller was so abrupt it was fairly jarring.
Significant Other didn’t let up from that point forward.

I will admit that once the big reveal happened, some elements were slightly predictable. I didn’t mind that, however. I was down for the premise. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel or series to follow up and show what happened next. I just wish it didn’t take quite so long to get to the ‘good part.’ Even so, I think Significant Other will stick with me for a while due to the combo of the twist and its exploration of emotional trauma.
If you have a subscription to Paramount+, Significant Other might be an interesting pick for a night in. It’s not the sort of flick, though, that I’d encourage anyone to subscribe over. (There are quite a few titles that are worth it, but that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this article.)

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 63%
Metascore – 57%
Metacritic User Score – 5.5/10
IMDB Score – 5.7/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3.5/5
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