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Wtf are people on comparing Smile to It Follows? They don't have the same themes whatsoever. It Follows is about the horror of rape culture and the awareness of one's own precarity and impending death. Smile tries to be about mental illness and is much more successful in the first half, but the second half devolves into a standard horror flick imo.
I loved the scene at the children's birthday party, that one was very horrifying to watch because it was a blatant display of absolute despair - it was great. I also liked that a lot of practical effects were used, they were very fun to watch. Also, the car scare. Didn't expect it to play out the way it did and loved it!
That being sad, it becomes a very formulaic story I personally couldn't care less about, which is a shame cause I think there's a much better film in there. This way it's only a little better than your standard trashy horror flick, but it's definitely a damn entertaining watch with friends.
Chock-o-rock full of jump scares, and a pretty decent horror film overall. However, the ending just didn't hold up for me; so much could've been prevented. But I guess they have to leave the door open for a possible sequel.
Smile is a solid horror movie. It's in the similar vein of horror as It Follows (2014), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The Ring (2002). Maybe there are too many jump scares, but overall it's a fine horror movie.
I could easily imagine sequels or prequels for this movie. Jack (the young boy) and Joel (detective and ex boyfriend) could have sequels. The prisoner named Robert could get a prequel.
It's nice that the monster isn't over-explained. It's just some kind of evil, haunting, possessive thing.
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