Villains is just wickedly funny with a great cast having a blast.
Villains is a dark comedy horror with a great cast. The comedic setup as a farce works really well and the plot devices like ‘saved by the bell’ or ‘it’s not a good time now, thank you’ and ‘really?’ are used most effectively. The simple setup in a great setting with committed actors does the trick and serves up a comic dish you either like or hate. The little twists are maybe predictable but are executed in a convincing and determined way. With likable villains and straight up psychotic villains this promises to be a blast for those who appreciate a dark humorous but sweet little film.
Mickey and Jules are petty thieves who just robbed a gas gastion to go to Florida to live out their cute and simple dream. When they got the cash but forgot to fuel up, they end up in the middle of nowhere. Luckily there’s a big house nearby. But things get shifty when they break in only to find a little girl chained up in the basement and two psychopaths who are about to come back home.
Why you should watch it
It’s a darkly funny film with some cringeworthy moments, some straight up laughs and full of plot devices that push the story forward. Though this seems to result in a predictable film the execution is spot on. Thanks to a wonderful cast who revels in its wickedness and craziness or naive sweetness.
Mickey and Jules are a delight to watch, the love for each other and their sweet dreams of Florida are just the things why you cannot but root for them. They are the heart of the film, and stumble on forwards with stamina and resolve.
George and Gloria are the perfect example of a stereotype psychotic couple. Their house that got stuck in the fifties, like their clothes and behavior, screams discipline, strictness and neuroticism and eventually psychotic craziness. It’s plain to see that the actors really enjoy themselves, and revel in their crazy cat and mouse game, they’re playing with Mickey and Jules. While Gloria is psychotic in a traumatized crazy way, George is a cold-blooded psycho with a clever and manipulative mind.
There’s not much else going on, except for two thieves who in the core are nice people, two psycho’s and a traumatized gril in the basement. The film kept things very simple and let the farce humor and campy situations speak for themselves. The little amount of gore and gruesomeness is strictly limited to bring out laughs and not to shock. But the ending can make you grab for some tissues. Overall it’s just a fun film that is very effectively executed and had fun while making it.
The structure has a great buildup of dark moments getting darker by the minute, giving Mickey and Jules an uncomfortable feeling, but they never let it beat them down. With creative campy shots, playful music and the glossy cinematography the film creates a wonderfully funny story, that is as dark as it is at times sweet. The endearing grainy shots of Florida in conclusion give the film a positive vibe after an awful ordeal.
My favorite part
The interaction between Mickey and Jules is so lovable and couple goals in a most campy way. The chemistry between them really excels in the most cringeworthy scene of the film involving a tongue piercing. It’s fun, endearing and gruesome all at the same time. While the gril Sweetiepie can’t stand to watch it. To squeeze out all the campy fun this scene is followed up by a ‘really why now?’ situation that increases the funny but awkward scene. But what follows next, Jules’s ninja-like escape through the laundry shaft makes it even more hilarious due to the original shots that make it totally over the top fun.
If you are looking for something totally bonkers, you’re in need of some Villains.
Fun factor: ★★★★☆
Gruesome factor: ★★☆☆☆
Entertainment factor: ★★★★☆
Cast and crew
Villains is directed and written by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. It stars Bill Skarsgård (Mickey) Maika Monroe (Jules), Jeffrey Donovan (George) and Kyra Sedgwick (Gloria).
Duration: 90 minutes. Music: Andrew Hewitt. Cinematography: Matt Mitchell. Edited by: Sofi Marshall. Production companies: BRON Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, The Realm Films. Distributed by: Gunpowder & Sky, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.