Film Review: Krisha

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - March 27, 2016
Film Review: Krisha

Ever wanted to have a horrible Thanksgiving? Now you don’t have to! You can just watch another family’s thoroughly unpleasant holiday meal and pretend it’s your own.

Krisha is perhaps one of the most predictable movies I’ve ever seen. A woman, Krisha, played by Krisha Fairchild, returns home after being away for ten years. She’s home for Thanksgiving, trying to make amends for…something. What happened, exactly, we never find out. It seems to have something to do with drugs and drinking or drugs or drinking. Whatever it is, her family hasn’t really forgiven her for it, but she swears repeatedly that she’s been trying to be a good person.

The actors, most of whom are real family members and not professional actors, are stereotypes. The boys watch sports, drink, and arm wrestle. The women hang out in the kitchen and fetch the grandmother. IMDB.com reports that the grandmother, Billie Fairchild, is actually suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Because of that, she was not “entirely aware” that she was in the film. The director and writer, Trey Shults, claimed that “she had a wonderful time at the ‘Thanksgiving.’” Personally, I feel that things brings up a question of ethics. Can you really have an actor that isn’t aware of what they’re doing without violating some basic codes of human decency?

Regardless of moral issues, the plot had its own problems. There was no clear sense of time throughout the film. It appears to all take place on Thanksgiving day, but the many cuts and skips and jumps in action make it hard to follow how long the day has lasted. In addition, the subject of Krisha’s finger was confusing. She was missing the tip of her finger, and it appeared to be a fairly new injury because she was still treating it and wrapping it, but when she unwrapped it and showed it, the skin looked as if it had healed long ago. Was she nursing it out of some imagined guilt? Or was it just poor filmmaking? It was hard to know for sure.

The actions were uninspired and trite, and in some cases, completely unbelievable or just unprovoked. In one obvious instance, Krisha drops the turkey. It was foreshadowed so clearly that I knew she would drop it before I even knew she was the one making the turkey. When she drops it, instead of understanding that it happens and getting over it, the family turns into vengeful parents who send her to her room to punish her. Really? A 50-something woman who is sent to her room for punishment?

Unlike the movie, the music gets better. The music in the beginning of the film was jarring, but as the movie goes on, it seems to find its pattern and become more appropriate.

It wasn’t all bad – the acting, even from the family members, was as believable as it could possibly be, given the situations. The motivations for the actions might have been unclear, but at least they were convincing actions.

Overall, the movie is stale and clichéd. If you’re missing your dysfunctional family holidays, then this is a must watch. If you’re sick of buying into the idea that all families have to be miserable, then go find something a bit happier that actually earns its “comedy” tag.

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