Categories: 2000s, recent, monster, murderer, toys, anthology, holiday
This anthology is all female directors and lead actors (but not writers), so the disappointment with the film hit harder than usual. One of the stories is even written by the musician, St. Vincent who is a gifted visionary. The film has four stories that aren’t related to each other at all, and none of them are original, memorable, creative, or provide any indication that this movie is focused on women. The only thing I can picture myself remembering when thinking of this film later is the strange, doll-head stop motion in between the segments. Also, I get why the film is called “XX“, but considering there’s a band already with the same name, they really could have tried a little harder. This whole film feels like a real lack of effort on everyone’s part.
In one line: Cannibals at Christmas.
Good: I liked the mystery around what was in the box and this was probably the best story out of the four. It had clear direction to it.
Bad: The script was pretty cheesy, and there were parts that didn’t exactly make a lot of sense to me.
The Birthday Party
In one line: Dead dad ruins birthday party.
Good: The struggles of a mom trying to make everything okay for her child’s birthday is relatable. The costumes are also hilarious, and I appreciated the quirky vibe.
Bad: It’s really just an episode of a woman dragging around a man’s dead body and that can get pretty dull.
In one line: Monsters in the desert.
Good: The monster was fairly well done. Good makeup as opposed to CGI.
Bad: It was a pretty overdone story idea with nothing special added to it.
Her Only Living Son
In one line: Teenager turns into violent werewolf-monster of sorts.
Good: Again, the mom’s struggles were relatable.
Bad: There wasn’t really an ending, and the son making the mom crawl towards him on her knees was pretty cringe-worthy.
* I’m giving this an overall score, as none of the shorts were anything special, and none were better or worse than any other, which is pretty rare. All in all, the meh movie is getting a meh overall score.