In The Tall Grass has its moments, but also feels like it not only overstays its welcome but doesn’t answer pertinent questions.
|Screenplay By||Vincenzo Natali|
|Who Is This For?||
|Where To Buy, Rent, or Stream?||Netflix|
|Becky||Laysla De Oliveira|
|Tobin||Will Buie Jr.|
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Plot Summary/ Review
Cal and Becky were heading to San Diego until they stopped so Becky could vomit. For despite her being only three months from giving birth to a little girl, she still dealt with morning sickness. But, while Cal and Becky take a breather near the tall grass, they heard a boy and being the good samaritans they are, and fools, they searched for the boy.
Thus, they found themselves in the time absent maze where life, death, time, and so much more bends to the will of a mysterious rock. Also, perhaps the person who has touched it.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Considering Tobin touched the rock, why doesn’t that play a role in the ending?
At First, You’re Into It
When things begin, we have a vulnerable pregnant woman in Becky, Cal, who you can foresee dying because he wears glasses and seems expendable, and a creepy kid. That alone makes you think something crazy is going to happen. Then when you add in this kid maybe luring people in to have them sacrificed, or to have them be a part of this loop he is stuck in, things get sinister. Especially considering his father, Ross, is part of this and clearly is someone with a few screws loose.
After A Little More Than An Hour, You’ll Wonder When And How It Will End
But, after a certain point, you’ll feel that you’ve seen more than enough and the loop presented, it isn’t intriguing. In fact, because you don’t get to learn much about any of the characters, beyond where they were going and a handful of tidbits, you’ll slowly lose your investment in them. Almost to the point that you wouldn’t care if they all died as long as you learned what is trying to kill them, or convert them.
It Doesn’t Really Explain How Things Work And You’re Left With Your Assumptions
Which isn’t explained in In The Tall Grass. Rather, you get just enough visuals to fathom there are some supernatural forces at work, but nothing concrete. You can’t say they are aliens who crash-landed and need to lure in people to feed them or their idol. At most, you get a sense of the rock is but even with learning that there remains a lot of “How?” and “Why?” questions unanswered.
Overall: Mixed (Divisive)
While it is understood that no film should hold your hand and explain every last thing seen on screen, at the same time, leaving things to interpretation isn’t creating positive discussion. It’s more so creating frustration and while it may pique people’s interest at first, particularly those wondering if they may get it or if it is as bad as some say, it’ll make it so, in the long term, the film suffers.
Leading to why we’re giving In The Tall Grass the mixed label: It’s not a terrible film, it is just one that seems like it skimmed the main points of a larger story. If not the kind of movie which frustrates you so much that you feel pushed to read the book to get all the missing details. But, with In The Tall Grass not being alluring enough to buy or even borrow the source material, at best, this is just something to have in the background or watch when you have nothing else to do.