The Final Girls follows the daughter of a recently deceased scream queen. She and a group of friends get sent into her mother's infamous 1980s slasher film where they must try to survive the killer. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Adam DeVine and Nina Dobrev.
The Final Girls follows in the footsteps of Cabin in the Woods and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil by bringing an intelligent send up of horror films with a healthy dose of humor. This is a film by horror fans for horror fans. There are tons of nods to the genre, like the killers obvious inspiration from Jason Voorhees. Its great to see a film that is able to poke fun at the silliness of the slasher subgenre without being cyncical.
The cast is great. Adam DeVine and Angela Trimbur are hilarious as the stereotypical jock and party girl. Taissa Farmiga and Malin Akerman bring some laughs and a lot of heart, which is something i wasn't expecting but it nicely added weight to the film.The scene stealer though was Thomas Middleditch as the horror fan. He brought so much energy in his scenes that i wish he had more more screen time because he was such a joy to watch.
Unlike some recent films, The Final Girls doesn't just rely on its wild premise for enjoyment. The script is overflowing with funny little quirks and ideas. Some are so surprising and ingenious. Others may be obvious but are fun nonetheless. It seems like they tried to pack in a good idea every minute and this really helps move the film along at a good pace. Every scene was great. I think i can safely say i had a smile on the entire time i was watching it.
The film's only downside is its PG-13 rating. Some of the scenes felt like they had to hold back to keep the rating, which is sad because the build up to them was phenomenal. With that said, some scenes are gleefully violent and made me shocked to learn it wasn't rated R.
This leads me to the effects, which are great. A scene featuring an axe was particularly well done. As was the slow motion. Its also hard not to mention the cinematography. It may be too stylistic for some but i think it helped add to the film's tone.
As said above, the film has a shocking amount of emotional depth. It could have easily been handled poorly and forced in but its so critical to the film's story that any emotional scene felt pretty natural. The writer's also do a good job of not letting any one scene take away from the film's tone or slow down its pacing.
Besides the rating, i honestly don't have any complaints. The film shocked me at how good at it was. It kept taking turns and adding new fun ideas. Even when it could have coasted on its charm, the film kept going.
The Final Girls is a near masterpiece of comedy horror. With such an abudance of great ideas, its hard to imagine a genre fan not enjoying this.