Ju-On: The Grudge (2020): An investigator investigating a murder encounters a disturbing mystery.
REVIEW: Although this reboot of the 2004 American remake “Ju-On: The Grudge” is based on the mythology of the Japanese horror franchise, it introduces new characters and new ghosts. The story begins with Detective Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough), called to investigate a murder. The detective is a single mother who is raising her son alone. She begins to encounter increasingly strange circumstances and Muldoon quickly realizes that she must defend her son and herself against unexplained supernatural forces.
Screenwriter and director Nicolas Pesce seems to have some interesting elements to play. It establishes multiple and overlapping layouts that create an intriguing configuration, as different families are affected by resentment. But his ambitious ideas cannot take off due to a stunted scenario. In the end, we just spend time getting to know these families, so their fate doesn’t matter much. This turns out to be the ruin of the film. Although casting is definitely a game, some talented people try to make their respective characters resonate with the public. Noteworthy is John Cho and Betty Gilpin as Peter and Nancy Spencer, a young couple in the real estate business, looking for a family. At the end of the series, Frankie Faison and Lin Shaye, William and Faith Matheson, respectively, are fighting age-related illnesses. But character development is a lost cause with such a confusing plot.
The main objective of the film is to offer constant spectra. It doesn’t matter if you fall prey to the many fears of jumping or not; you can’t help but think that there may be more than just audiovisual shocks. However, all opportunities to instill psychological fear are repeatedly lost. What remains is a hodgepodge of potential ideas that have not been explored due to the need to satisfy horror fans. Despite a disturbing hue that is faithfully maintained throughout, “The Grudge” is likely to leave most viewers dissatisfied.
The Grudge Movie Review: Star Performance
Andrea Riseborough as Muldoon suffers from uncharacteristic. He doesn’t get the dough to express himself. Lin Shaye should have been used more. He had the expressions of the montage in a horror film. He used less and well.
Oscar candidate Demián Bichir receives nothing. It remains clear everywhere. Although his character is the most intelligent of the lot. “Do not enter the house because it is haunted” at the intelligence level. John Cho and Betty Gilpin get an unforgettable presence.
The Grudge Movie Review: staging, music
Nicolas Pesce becomes too enthusiastic about the project. I have not seen the original, so without drawing parallels, it sucks a lot. Pesce tries to evoke fears through the typical “go silent and BAM” treatment, but nothing works. Aside from a few coupons, there is nothing that scares you in the film.
After a few level B horror movies and a Doctor Sleep later, the New Brothers pull out the background score for The Grudge. It is nothing extraordinary. Just a good use of silence in some places and that’s it.
The Grudge Movie Review: The Last Word
That said, The Grudge isn’t the horror movie everyone is looking for. Despite all the mixed reviews, I would still recommend Ghost Stories about it. Jump completely!