Bodies, Bodies, Bodies they cry out from the dark. The sound bounces off marble fixtures and the mansion walls, the blood is still fresh. And with that, our murder mystery begins.
Of all the movies to come out of South By Southwest this year, Bodies Bodies Bodies was at the top of my must-watch pile. I am happy to say it did not disappoint.
When a group of seven, rich twenty-somethings meet at a mansion for a hurricane party, a fun game turns deadly and makes them question who their friends really are.
The best comparison I could give is that Bodies Bodies Bodies has the female-centric wit of Thoroughbreds. Concept wise, it is similar to the 2006 low budget feature The Murder Game. Bodies Bodies Bodies is a modern day, youthful version of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Just like that classic genre, the body count rises but this movie takes a bold transgressive tone that makes the story so fun and unique.
Clearly, this is an ensemble film but we are first introduced to Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”, “Gaslight – Audio Series”) as Sophie and Maria Bakalova as Bee while they arrive at the mansion. They are a couple, the first of many important character dynamics which will come into play.
Rounding out the female characters are Rachel Sennott as Alice, you might know her as the unforgettable lead in Shiva Baby. Chase Sui Wonders plays Emma and Myha’La Herrold (“Industry (TV)”) as the tough and resourceful, Jordan.
Two men are also at this party. Comedian Pete Davidson is David, he brilliantly plays a charismatic, A-hole, the kind of guy you love to hate. Davidson is known as a regular on Saturday Night Live and for The King Of Staten Island.
David finds himself jockeying for dominance because of the other man in the group, Lee Pace plays an Alpha-male named Greg. Make no mistake, these men are part of the females’ story here, not the other way around.
Bringing this female driven perspective to the screen are Director Halina Reijn. Given how strong these characters and performances are, it makes sense Reijn is also an actress and comes from a theatre background.
All of these actors give stand out performances, in their own way. But that starts with the writing. This is a debut feature for writer Sarah DeLappe. Kristen Roupenian is credited with story by as well. As the story builds, so does the blistering, well written dialogue. Pitch perfect words that say so much about the app based, outrage culture these characters grew up in.
The story is well paced and strikes a fine balance between drama and suspense. And the way Bodies Bodies Bodies addresses tropes of the genre and flips all that on its head only adds to the fun. This movie is a fresh twist on classic genre. It you are a fan of Mystery/Thrillers and are young, or young at heart like me, I highly recommend Bodies Bodies Bodies. Seek it out in theaters, or watch it with your friends… but keep a close eye on them.
5th August 2022
1 hour 34 minutes
THE QUICK SELL
Review of the Horror Comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies. This is a fun youthful twist on the classic murder mystery genre. This bold feature was a hit at South By Southwest 2022.