Thoroughbreds: another stylized and well-acted slow-cinema

Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy appear in Thoroughbred by Cory Finley, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Claire Folger.

Contrary to it’s zippy, witty, and oh-so-stylish trailers, Thoroughbred the actual movie is anything but. That is a big disappointment because the actors in this movie epitomize perfect casting. Anya Taylor-Joy with her perfect porcelain feature embody her upper-class teenager character perfectly and Olivia Cooke, much like her character in “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl”, played a detached, distanced and emotion-less teenager with pin point perfection. Try as she might to grunge-up her feature, Olivia Cooke still come up looking adorable and emphatetical. That is why her ultimate decision in the third act of the movie is heartbreaking.
I wish the story telling pace is sped up because it has all the ingredient and potential to be a very good and entertaining movie.
In this movie, you are watching two of the best young actresses in their generation playing off each other’s characters in fluid synchronicity. It boggle the minds when you realize the facts that both girls are British actresses who portray American upper-class teens so naturally in this movie.
They both have very bright future ahead of them and I am very looking forward to new works coming out the next couple of years from these two. Olivia Cooke in Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE and Anya Taylor-Joy in GLASS, the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT, and Marvel Universe’s THE NEW MUTANTS as Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik.
The late Anton Yelchin shine in all his scenes as the dim-witted, drug dealing, would-be killer character called Tim. Critics heaps glowing reviews upon this little movie and it rightly so deserve. I just wish it moves a lot faster than it’s molasses speed because as a movie, it could be paced in regular speed and be stylish and suspenseful at the same time. In real life we call that multi tasking, Try that for size, Hollywood.

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