Ready or Not is a perfectly balanced combination of a horror and comedy. It is beyond fun and is sure to exceed all expectations.
From the second I saw that Adam Brody was in this movie, I was here for it. I LOVE THAT MAN. I mean, did you see The O.C? He is perfect in every way. Gosh I love the nerds. Anyways, moving on — I expected Ready Or Not be fun, a little bit creepy, have some jump scares, and be middle of the road. I was not expecting to absolutely love this movie. I was on the edge of my seat and cracking up at the same time. How does that happen?
Trust me, I was baffled. But also super into it. In fact, I watched it twice in one day, that is how much I loved it. The acting was spot on and the twists and turns kept me laughing (and a little bit scared). That ending though (don’t worry no spoilers) almost had me on the floor!
A Perfect Combination
Very few films can pull off a mixture of horror, suspense, and comedy — but Ready Or Not is one of them. When I say this is a fun movie, I mean it is a fun movie. From the first few minutes I was hooked, and I just got more and more sucked in.
The concept itself is fantastic. A family that owns a gaming company has a tradition whenever anyone joins the family. They must play a game. Seems simple enough right? Well it isn’t. The game is chosen at random by selecting a card. If the Hide and Seek card is picked, you’re screwed. Because the entire family is going to have to hunt you down and kill you. WHAT?! Yea… exactly.
This seems like the set up for a really bad horror movie, but when you throw in the cast, the humor, and the writing — it works. Like really works. This movie is damn near perfection.
Sure it is a little bit predictable at times but I dare you not to have fun watching it. I will stay away from spoilers but I promise you, the end is fantastic. And somehow makes the entire movie so much better (which is really hard at that point).
Samara Weaving is now one of my favorite actresses — because of this performance. She is phenomenal. I fell in love with her instantly and connected with her as a character. She was just as confused as I was, and trying to think two steps ahead. Again, her at the end — that solidified it for me.
Of course everyone else was just as good. I could have used a tad more from Mark O’Brien, but his performance made sense in the end. Adam Brody stood out to me as well (of course), but for real I just loved his character. He was funny, smart, and clearly over his family.
Ready Or Not is a must see movie. It perfectly combines horror and humor to bring something unique to the screen. An absolute joy to watch, partly because the entire cast nailed their parts. It is sure to keep you on your toes and have you guessing the whole way through.
This movie is sure to exceed all expectations and brings a whole new meaning to “Til Death Do We Part.” Not many movies can have you laughing at one minute and biting your nails at another — Ready Or Not does.
About Ready Or Not
Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.