Thoroughbreds

I have a perfectly healthy brain. It just doesn’t contain feelings. And that doesn’t necessarily make me a bad person. It just means I have to work a little harder than everybody else to be good

Year Released : 2017

Director : Cory Finlay

Cast : Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin and Paul Sparks

So I am cheating slightly hear because I am breaking my “10,000 IMDB votes” rule and actually had a reasonably modest box office return, but very few people in my native UK seem to know about it, and it only has barely over double the IMDB votes, so I figured I could be sneaky and get it in.

I’ve wanted to watch this for a while, and after re-watching “Split” for the first time in a long time last night, I decided it was finally time to cross this off the list. I don’t really know what to expect to be honest, but I’ve heard mainly good things about “Thoroughbreds”, so am mildly optimistic.

Then again, there might be a reason that this never got a major cinema release in the UK.

Plot

Amanda (Cooke) is convinced to be tutored by Lily (Taylor-Joy) by her mother, but is annoyed at her refusal to admit she is doing it for the money. They do however start bonding when Lily lets the pleasant facade slip and reveals what she truly thinks, including all of Amanda’s faults. When watching a movie one night, Amanda realises how much Lily hates stepfather Mark (Sparks) and suggests they kill him.

Lily soon meets Tim (Yelchin), a man who allegedly went to prison for having sex with an underage girl, but willing to do anything for money. Soon after she is told her mum and Mark want her to attend a school for kids with behavioural disorders, and realises maybe Amanda’s idea wasn’t so bad after all.

As good as you I had hoped?

This movie started off in such a witty and delightful manor that I was thoroughly engaged and was struggling to decide which of the many excellent quotes to use at the top of the review. Unfortunately, the longer movie went on, the less I was enjoying it.

Cooke and Taylor-Joy are delightful, and I found myself connecting with the character of Amanda on a personal level. Her attitude towards life and her emotions mirrors my own, whereas Lily is the poorly hidden sociopath, and they are both brought to life by the aforementioned. Taylor-Joy continues to be one of the most exciting young prospects in Hollywood, and this is the first time I’ve seen Cooke in a role where she didn’t seem just to be an also-ran.

However, despite all of the wit and decent performances, as mentioned earlier I struggled to enjoy the film the longer it went on. There is nothing I can pinpoint as being overly negative, other than the exceptionally dull acting from Paul Sparks, it just stopped gripping me after a while.

Summary

“Thoroughbreds” was a movie I was looking forward to for some time, and whilst it started off strongly, it didn’t grip me after the first twenty or so minutes and whilst certainly not bad, I can’t be positive enough about it to give it an approved stamp.

Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke are excellent and bring their characters to life, but ultimately that wasn’t enough to really convince me that it was as good as I had previously hoped.

I’m not saying that you should avoid it, far from it, but it definitely wasn’t as good as I had hoped.

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