brian-mcgee - July 15, 2019
As much as I abhor artsy-fartsy nonsense, I must admit I'm a sucker for a lushly designed film with a primarily female cast. The upcoming indie drama Paradise Hills promises plenty of both of these things for which I'm a sucker, but I find it a tad more palatable than something like The Neon Demon or, *hack, spit*, that god awful remake of Suspiria, *hack, spit again*.
Perhaps the fact that this comes from a female director (first time feature director Alice Waddington) and ditches the creepy male gaze that tended to sink those other films I mentioned, but the general vibe from this trailer is that there's something more to this film than there was to those others. Something that's perhaps not going to be the bloodbath one might normally expect from this sort of premise. Milla Jovovich plays a character named The Duchess, who oversees a "boarding school for wayward girls," her latest project being Emma Roberts, whose apathetic routine mostly works from what I've seen here.
If there's one reason to see this flick, however, it's Eiza Gonzalez. She's been given short shrift in Hollywood, either playing thankless roles in good films like Baby Driver or thankless roles in movies no one except foot fetishists would like, namely Welcome to Marwen. She apparently hits it out of the park here, and I'm eager to see whether there's any substance to back up this film's insane visual style.
We'll all find out when Paradise Hills hits theaters on November 1.
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