a scathing satire on Gen Z culture – Film Stories

body body body is in many ways a generic part of the slasher genre, but also a scathing satire of Gen Z/Millennial and online culture.

A snarky reinterpretation of the slasher genre for Millennials and Gen Z, Halina Reijn body body body is a horror where the real threats are self-indulgence and Twitter buzzwords. The cast does an excellent job of playing a group of largely insufferable young people, all but one from a wealthy background. As they try to party at one of their mansions during a hurricane, they throw around words they don’t quite get — from abusing “gaslighting” and “narcissism” to repeating common internet phrases like “facts are facts.” . They play with having a good time with their friends, but always have their own good in mind.

New couple Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) and Bee (Maria Bakalova) join Sophie’s old friends for this lavish house party. Her presence is unexpected and uncomfortable, setting in motion an eerie chain of events. Vapid Alice (Rachel Sennott) has brought her new, much older boyfriend, Greg (Lee Pace), and Sophie’s childhood best friend, David (Pete Davidson), is dating Emma (Chase Sui Wonders). The final member of the group is Myha’la Herrolds Jordan, who warns Bee that Sophie isn’t all she seems.

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When the weather worsens, the friends decide to play a game of “body, body, body,” a game of hide-and-seek in which one person is the designated “killer.” When things go wrong and the fractures in their relationships are exposed, a real murder ensues and they must find the real killer among them.

As can be seen from the synopsis, body body body plays with traditional slasher tropes and does little to subvert them. Most characters either have little personality or a very simplified one. The exception is Sophie and Bee, the only two characters to have worked out backstories – including complicated pasts and families. While the film may be generic, it’s also a well-crafted and stylistically atmospheric addition to the genre.

The hurricane provides plenty of eerie continuous background noise, and the house is often a shadowy, suspenseful place for the characters to sneak around. It’s also intelligently written when it comes to the fine details. Every object you see manipulating on the screen will eventually be used. Everything it sets up is paid out.

However, in terms of who the film portrays as suspects, it’s pretty formulaic. Greg is portrayed as an obvious psychopath from the start – he’s a war veteran who opens champagne bottles with a sword and seems a little too calm. Pace and Davidson are this slasher’s standout performances, with Pace stealing scenes with his simple and fun-loving demeanor, while Davidson seems to poke fun at his own image by playing a humble guy aspiring to Don Juan status. Of course, the two clash, and it’s great to see the two actors compete against each other.

towards the end of its term body body body dares something unexpected, and it’s the first time it messes with the usual slasher formula. It may elicit mixed opinions, especially from those who love the genre for what it is, but it heightens the absurdity of its characters and encourages the satirical elements.

In many ways it’s very generic and occasionally descends into a flurry of online buzzwords, but the performances are unforgettable and the film satirizes the very generation it represents and the persistent online culture it’s found itself wrapped up in .

body body body hits UK cinemas on September 9th.

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