Examination of the bodies of the bodies | Film

One stormy night in a remote mansion, a group of über-rich friends play a seemingly harmless game of murder in the dark. Working-class newcomer Bee (Maria Bakalova) can tell something’s wrong – and when the first real corpse appears, everyone else realizes it too.

It’s a risky yet perfect move to use Azealia Banks’ hit song ‘212’ as the first big needle drop in Body Body Body. The singer has been at the center of countless controversies over the years: physical altercations, online arguments, accusations of racism and some wildly misguided comments about President Putin. It’s the kind of unacceptable behavior that seems entirely at home in director Halina Reijn’s intelligent and often deliciously insufferable satire of slasher comedy.

Everyone here is boring and no one makes good decisions, which makes the violent chain of events unleashed on these horrible people so much fun to watch. It begins when recently sober Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) proudly brings her new girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova) to a party at her longtime best friend David’s (Pete Davidson) mansion, showcasing an ensemble that includes David’s girlfriend Emma (Chase Sui Wonders), their headstrong friend Jordan (Myha’la Herrold), insufferable podcaster Alice (Rachel Sennott), and her latest Tinder take, older vet Greg (Lee Pace). It’s immediately uncomfortable, old friends quickly realizing they no longer love each other; a (horrifically entertaining) night of petty grievances quickly spins out of control when the actual death joins the growing list of blame.

Baby ShivaSennott gives a remarkable performance with his grating and desperate narcissism.”

For anyone who’s been unlucky enough to spend time on the internet lately, this whodunit feels fresh for the genre but painfully familiar. The jokes often revolve around the subversion of social media buzzwords, real issues turned into online culture wars: gaslighting, tripping, silence, safe spaces, seasonal depression and astrology as a religion are all confused. Or rather the tendency of social media to amplify these issues to the point that they define your whole personality. “Congratulations, you have a Twitter account!” David spits at Emma – and seems to berate us, the audience, for having one too.

There are as many, if not more, opportunities to laugh at these terrible rich kids as there are moments of horror. Baby ShivaSennott gives a standout performance with his grating, desperate narcissism, but the whole band hits the delicate mix of hatefulness and incompetence almost perfectly. The tone may not be for everyone, but the extremes are what make it so interesting.

Spending so much time with such miserable characters might seem like too much, if the movie wasn’t so well done. Reijn deploys the violence with slick stylistic flourishes, as glow sticks and phone torches give the night a tension that’s more scary than eerie, and video game composer Disasterpeace mixes dirty pop and glittery melodies to inject a constant discomfort in this never silent night. . Even though things will always be more horrible for them than for you, the skill of Body Body Body is to give the impression that someone could really be waiting in the shadows once the noise has stopped. Being canceled is bad, being murdered is worse.

Tense when it needs to be and terrifically fun throughout. Stupidity reigns supreme for these rich kids, but the filmmakers are smart enough to make Bodies Bodies Bodies stick the landing.

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