Review – Greta (Focus Features)

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  • Acting - 6/10
  • Directing - 7/10
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Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Ray Wright, Neil Jordan
Producer: Sidney Kimmel
Production Company: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Maturity Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 1, 2019

When Frances finds a handbag on a New York subway she rightly returns it to Greta, a lonely widow who spends her days playing the piano. The two quickly bond over their recent losses but soon Frances will realize Greta is keeping secrets from her, and she will regret returning that handbag.


Greta Is A Mixed Bag


Greta was certainly an interesting film and the performances will be enough to keep audiences watching. Sadly, the film will probably cause more laughs than chills as intended. There is also a giant collection of plot holes that should not be overlooked. Luckily, the two main leads carry the film so well and make the experience enjoyable. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Frances, a naive newcomer in New York. Isabelle Huppert stars as the titular Greta, the crazed widow stalking Frances. There are a few components of the movie that should be praised, but there are also countless head-scratching moments. From a director who brought audiences Interview with the Vampire, Greta feels like an incomplete suspense-thriller. 

What’s The Story?

Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz in Greta (2018) © Widow Movie, LLC and Showbox

Frances (Moretz) is a young, naive new resident in New York who is still recovering from the death of her mother. One evening on the Subway, Frances finds a handbag left behind with an address leading to Greta (Huppert). Being naive, Frances ventures out to Greta’s and the two bond over their loneliness. Greta is a widowed piano teacher who lives alone, and Frances has a need to feel a void left by her mother.

After a while, Frances realizes Greta has been luring others into her life and decides to end the relationship. Not wanting to accept this, Greta stalks Frances and eventually shows how psychotic she truly is. Director Neil Jordan’s decision to cast Moretz and Huppert is the film’s strongest asset, as the two thrive in their roles. Jordan also co-wrote the screenplay and while the script is filled with logic issues, Jordan does a fantastic job directing the movie.

Moretz does an amazing job as Frances, but the character’s stupidity only progresses as the film does. There are instances where she neglects to build a criminal case against Greta, which will leave certain viewers perplexed. Luckily, Frances’ friend Erica (Maika Monroe) offers dialogue that will please several viewers. Erica is the logical one of the film, and she speaks for the audience when Frances remains naive.

Huppert’s performance as the crazed Greta is very well done and she steals the show. The screenplay the two leads are given is filled with plot issues, but they make the best of what they have been given. Javier Navarrete’s score adds depth to the on-screen tension and perfectly compliments Huppert’s wild scenes. While the film’s weakest component is the logic of its premise, everything else is decent. 

Final Verdict

Greta is an enjoyable film with two stand out performances from Moretz and Huppert. The logical issues in the movie will bother certain viewers, but it never crosses the line. This is a decent look at stalkers in today’s society and Huppert will certainly leave audiences wanting to see more from Greta. 

Have you seen it yet? Let us know your thoughts and sound off in the comments below. 

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Eric Trigg

Fan of horror movies, supernatural series, and yes the old school is better than the new. I am a youtuber where i post movie news, and reviews the channel name is critical overlord.

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