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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies - A Tangled Storm of Confusion and Missed Opportunities

Updated: May 1, 2023

Rating:★★☆☆☆(2/5 Stars)

Released 03-14-2022

Watched 04-28-2023

Reviewed 05-01-2023

Watched on Showtime Now

"Oh, my god. I'm so sorry, that's really serious. Mental health is a really serious issue. I mean I've never actually said this to anyone but... .. I have body dysmorphia."

After watching "Bodies, Bodies, Bodies," directed by Halina Reijn and I was left with a feeling of immense disappointment. This film, which revolves around a group of friends trapped in a mansion during a hurricane and a deadly party game, had the potential to be an engaging thriller with an intriguing premise, but it falls short on so many levels.

The film's cast, featuring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Pete Davidson, among others, seemed promising at first glance. Unfortunately, their performances were largely underwhelming, with many characters coming across as one-dimensional and unconvincing. The chemistry between the actors was lacking, and as a result, their relationships felt contrived. It feels like Pete Davidson is not acting at all but playing a version of himself, but that can't be true because rumor has it that people like Pete, and there is almost nothing to like about his character or his performance. I've heard that Pete has BDE, but from what I've been told about that, he didn't show any of that in this performance.

The plot had potential, but it was poorly executed. The suspense of being trapped in a mansion during a hurricane should have added to the tension, but instead, it felt like a mere afterthought. Sure, it is a great reason for the power to go out and communication to be cut, but the characters all knew the storm was coming. With that being the case, why was trying to find the generator an issue? The story itself was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, which only confused the audience and detracted from the overall experience.

While the cinematography was adequate, it did not elevate the film in any significant way. The film's attempts at humor often fell flat, and the dark comedy aspect seemed forced and out of place. It's a shame, as "Bodies, Bodies, Bodies" had the potential to be a clever, darkly humorous thriller.

In conclusion, "Bodies, Bodies, Bodies" is a missed opportunity, failing to capitalize on its intriguing premise. The lack of character development, the inconsistent pacing, and the numerous plot holes make for a frustrating viewing experience. I can only give this film 2 stars out of 5, as it fails to live up to its potential and leaves the audience with a tangled storm of confusion and disappointment.


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