“Ready or Not”: From “Parasite” and “Hustlers” to “Knives Out” and “Ready or Not” (among others), it’s been a big year for movies tackling income inequality and class warfare.
“Ready or Not” takes the demented comedic approach as Grace (Samara Weaving) marries Alex (Mark O’Brien), a man who has been estranged from his extremely wealthy, board game-selling family. As part of a family ritual, the couple’s wedding night turns into a weapons-filled hunt fueled by the idea that a human sacrifice (aka Grace) will help the family maintain their riches. “The rich are different,” says one character, in case you didn’t know.
The script is too sardonic to work successfully as a true social satire, but it’s satisfying, wrote Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review.
“While the mocking tone mostly undermines any trenchant commentary, thanks to Weaving’s eye-rolling, primal-screaming, evil-giggling performance, the strongest impression ‘Ready or Not’ leaves is of the cathartic, transformative female rage at the center of it all,” wrote Walsh. “The rage is what keeps Grace alive. The sprawling estate itself, a representation of exclusionary greed, rips at her flesh, and though bloodied and battered by this bloodsport, her sheer survival is her resistance against the gaping maws of the demented tradition. Ready or not, here she comes.”
ALSO NEW ON DVD
“The Goldfinch”: A man (Ansel Elgort) holds on to a painting of a chained bird after his mother (Nicole Kidman) is killed in a bombing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Based on the best-selling novel by Donna Tartt.
“Killerman”: Money launderer Joe Diamond (Liam Hemsworth) wakes up after a drug deal gone bad and ensuing car crash with no memory, a mysterious cash stash and a slew of dirty cops looking for him.
“City on a Hill: Season One”: The Showtime series stars Kevin Bacon as a district attorney fighting corruption and criminals in 1990s Boston.
“Game of Thrones: S8”: The controversial final season of the smash hit HBO fantasy series in which the winner of the throne is revealed at last.
“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming”: Hiccup celebrates dragons at a holiday festival in this animated special based on the “How to Train Your Dragon” film trilogy.
“Semper Fi”: A cop who serves as a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant (Jai Courtney) plans to break his half-brother out of prison.
“The Simpsons Season 19”: The longest-running animated TV series’ 2007-08 season follows Springfield’s finest.
“Turtle Odyssey”: This documentary follows the day-to-day life of an Australian sea turtle as she travels through the ocean. Narrated by Russell Crowe.
OUT ON DIGITAL HD
“Abominable”: In this animated adventure, a group of teenagers must help a Yeti return home to his family safely as a self-interested capitalist and zoologist attempt to track them down. Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, Dec. 17.
“Ad Astra”: An astronaut (Brad Pitt) journeys into space in search of his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones). Out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, Dec. 17.
“Rambo: Last Blood”: John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) fights to save young Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal) from a violent Mexican drug cartel. Available on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, Dec. 17.
“Freaks”: A 7-year-old girl (Lexy Kolker) escapes her paranoid father’s (Emile Hirsch) locked house and discovers a strange new world. Out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, Dec. 10.