Ummmmm!!! Yeah, So this was a Movie!!!
I think you all know me by now and know that I am willing to give pretty much anything a fair shake. The Sinners read like a bit of a change pace as well, moving into the more teen angsty drama territory with a promise of some sort of Mean Girls meets the Craft hybrid. While this one did look more Dawson’s Creek than Riverdale I was quietly hoping that this one would win me over.
Let’s get into this one and see what is what.
Director: Courtney Paige Writer: Courtney Paige, Erin Hazlehurst, Madison Smith
Cast: Kaitlyn Bernard, Breanna Llewelyn, Breanna Coates
The Sinners formerly known as The Color Rose is the story of a group of seven young girls approaching womanhood in a small back water town that’s full of Religious types who have banned dancing.. Wait no that’s not this!!! But there are a whole bunch of religious nuts. The girls have formed a close knit bond and as an act of some misguided defiance they have each taken the role as one of the seven deadly sins. I think there was a story beat where one of the girls is not as into it as the rest of them so they try to scare her Satanic but nearly kill her, or do kill her. Not long after they all start being killed off and it becomes a whodunit as the girls try to figure who is offing them.
I have to be totally honest from the jump and say I wasn’t all that into this flick. It starts really strong with some nice visuals of one of the main girls floating in the river with a rose in her mouth. Visually this was striking… THEN… Dead girls narration comes on and we are off to the races. We flash back and forward being told the events leading up to the present day of our group of girls.
Cast wise it was fine, all very passable. This is a decent group of young girls who all seem to be getting along on set but my only real problem was that none of them seemed to be the star or the leader of the group for me, I totally understand an ensemble. AST is there for each other but there is no discernible queen bitch or lead girl. While I really liked all the girls in this I just though the characters were all a bit beige but again nobody actually does anything wrong here.
Director Courtney Paige clearly has a grasp on how she wants the screen filled visually because this is a pretty confident piece especially for a first time debut feature which honestly you wouldn’t know. Is the movie perfect?? Of course it isn’t but for every little wrong thing this movie does there is also a right thing. I feel like there is a very accomplished Director coming out of this flick and I will absolutely keep an eye on her projects but this one just falls short of the mark for me and I didn’t really take to the whole God is good the Devil is bad but good people do bad things thinking it’s for the goo… I guess that may have been where it started to lose my interest.
I had trouble with my rating here because I see some cracking actresses (albeit in some dull roles) and a director with what I would consider a promising career ahead and while this movie wasn’t really for me (I don’t think it’s supposed to be) I can see a certain audience taking to it. I really hope they find it and give it a chance all movies deserve to be seen and like I say Paige clearly has a talent and a style but this time out it was bogged down with convoluted storytelling.
I am going to throw down a 3.8 on this one.
Oh and Lochlyn Munro turns up for no reason at all about 30 minutes from the end like an RKO (if you know you know) just to drop some snappy one line put downs. Who remembers Dead man on Campus? he was great in that flick.