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Sundance 2017 Film Review: “Thoroughbred” (2017) ★★★★★


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First time when I saw Olivia Cooke in ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL I could see that she had the potential to become a great drama actress if she pushes herself hard. And I literally can’t express my happiness seeing her impressive improvement in Cory Finley’s THOROUGHBRED. Anya Taylor-Joy, with whose work I wasn’t so impressed in SPLIT has surprised me significantly by showing her acting ability I did not even expect. Perhaps, with the right director and good material, anyone could have pulled out such a great performance. But I must say, not always I agree with this. Yet, late Anton Yelchin once again with his performance has showed us what a great talent we have lost… and that could not hurt more watching him for the very last time.…

Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) are meant to be best friends. Despite being apart for many years, the two reunite and become closer than ever. Lily begins to tutor Amanda for her upcoming exam. And Amanda uses that opportunity to use her discerning skills. She quickly figures that Lily despises her stepfather Mark and offers a solution, first with hesitation but later, agrees that this is the only solution to solve their problems… But as you can imagine, a murder never solves any problem… but rather creates a new one… But will they realize that, only time will tell…

Amanda is a person who seems has no relationship with empathy or compassion. She can make herself cry just like that. She is creepy and weird in the worst way possible. But she is intelligent and can see through a person. Lily is a young woman who seems needed a slight push up to turn into a person she would not agree to see herself. They see each other every day. Lily who you see in the beginning is no longer the same after sometime, which is amazing. But the most gruesome part of it is something you will have to see until the end…

As the story unfolds, we’re introduced to Tim (one of Anton Yelchin’s last roles), an experienced criminal who keeps selling drugs to children. When Amanda and Lily come up with a brilliant plan to make their life much easier and less problematic. They ask Tim to help them… However, not every perfect plan ends the way it should, no matter how smart they are… And soon it will be proven when two young women will have to move from words to action I am sure you will find yourself stunned….

THOROUGHBRED with the opening scene ensures that the continuation of it will exceed your expectation. Wickedly written lines and superb score that has a narrative of its own adds more creepiness to the situation created by Amanda, obviously at first. Every scene is like a sweet pie, with every try you want to find out how delicious it can be. Corey Finley’s directorial debut is admirable. As a first-time filmmaker he delivers a movie that will amuse and satisfy every movie lover. It’s intelligent, well-acted and absolutely amazing. The writer/filmmaker perfectly combines the elements of thriller and comedy in one movie where you will never find yourself bored, not even for a minute.

To conclude that, THOROUGHBRED is a movie you would not like to miss. It offers a delicate subject matter where you will never have to question any part of it. Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy are incredible as two of the creepiest friends you could ever see. Their understanding of each other’s needs is so terrifying that sometimes you won’t even know whether to laugh or cry. Regardless, if there is a thriller you think you would like to watch with teenagers involved, Finley’s THOROUGHBRED should be in your shortlist.

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (982 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

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