Writer: Eric C Charmelo, Richard Shepard, Nicole Snyder (Screenplay)
Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber, Glynis Davies, Christina Jastrzembska
Plot: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: More Average than Perfect
Story: The Perfection starts when former musical prodigy Charlotte (Williams) returns to her mentor Anton (Weber) after spending time away to care for her dying mother, Charlotte is joined by the new star pupil Lizzie (Browning) and gets to remember the world musical academics once again.
The two start a relationship which sees them travelling around China, only for the journey to take a nightmare turn when Lizzie starts becoming sick, leading to the truth to come out about everything.
Thoughts on The Perfection
Characters – Charlotte is a former music prodigy that had to walk away because of her sick mother, once her mother has passed away, Charlotte looks to re-enter the world, turning to her former mentor Anton for another chance. Charlotte does have her own reason for returning that she keeps hidden from everybody else. Lizzie is the new biggest name in cello performing, she used to idolise Charlotte with music being the only thing that is important in her life. She does become sick which becomes the catalyst to everything that happens in the film. Anton is the mentor that has been able to produce countless numbers of brilliant celloist only his methods have never been seen until Charlotte returns. Paloma is the partner of Anton, she accepts his methods and shows that the couple are powerful in music.
Performances – Allison Williams comes off the back of Get Out here, where she gives us a performance that is complicated to describe because certain moments are entertaining, while others are just poor. Logan Browning is the best of the cast with her role which does go through the biggest amounts of change through the film. Steven Weber gets his moments to shine, but it is too late to make a true impact in the film.
Story – The story here follows a woman returning to the world of celloist where a sinister plan unfolds. We can’t get into too much detail without diving into spoiler territory here, we do go in directions you would expect which does please, only for it have one too many attempts to pull the rug from under the audience’s feet. We do end up going into serious themes which should be addressed on a large scale, rather than just tagged into the motivation. We also get to see the levels people will go to make themselves the star of specialist field in music.
Horror – The horror elements in this film come from the sickness Lizzie is feeling and the motivation behind everything that happens, this sees graphic injuries once we get to them.
Settings – The film uses the settings to show the public life the celloist perform in, the private house and the empty space where the biggest event changes the story.
Special Effects – The effects here are mixed, because we have the injury detail which looks nasty in places, then we get a moment of CGI which just looks bad.
Final Thoughts – This is a horror that does have plenty going on, it relies on trying to bend what the audience sees to surprise us, only to go to the well too many times to execute it strong enough.
Overall: Pushes the audience just too far.