Desperate to find their missing friend, a group of girls summons the entity they believe took her — the evil legend of Internet lore, Slender Man.
Director: Sylvain White
Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Alex Fitzalan, Taylor Richardson, Javier Botet, Jessica Blank, Michael Reilly Burke, Kevin Chapman
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/80221741
When I decided to watch “Slender Man” as my next Netflix review I knew it had been slated at the cinema, but I watched the trailer and thought that it couldn’t be as bad as people were saying. I also never really listen to professional movie critics – I like to watch the film and form my own opinion. Sometimes this means I find some hidden gems because it often feels like as soon as one person says they hate it everyone follows suit. This time however I really, really wish I’d listened to the critics.
The first problem this film has is that there’s not much character development, I don’t even remember the names of the characters. As much as I tried I just couldn’t care what happened to them. An example of this is towards the end of the movie, the main character’s sister becomes severely ill and the movie expects the audience to care. However, this character had only had a minor part in two scenes at that point and has not been developed in any way.
Secondly the film is nothing like the trailer and quite often storylines aren’t tied up I’m not sure if this is due to bad editing meaning vital parts have been left on the cutting room floor or if that’s how it is meant to be. One of the characters appears to have some sort of mental breakdown and when the other characters visit you don’t really know what’s happening to her, however, in the trailer you see that she’s writing a message on the window that is between them. I’m not sure if this would have added to the story but I’m sure it would have tied up her story somewhat.
The acting doesn’t really help the films cause either as it’s really wooden and it feels like the actresses are just reading from the script and not putting any emotion into what they’re saying, it sort of like they don’t even care about their own characters.
As for the cinematography the lighting is really poor and it is quite often really hard to see what is happening on screen, I tried to adjust the brightness setting on my TV but even that didn’t work. Personally I think it was a bad decision to actually show Slender Man, it would have been scarier if you hadn’t seen him, a bit like “The Blair Witch Project”. The audio level seemed really strange as well, sometimes the background audio overpowers the dialogue.
I always like to say something good about a film, and I’ve tried to find something good and all I’ve come up with is that the run time is only 1 hour 31 minutes.
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