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Girl DVD Review

“Girl” lacks originality.

In “Girl,” the titular unnamed girl heads back to her hometown of Golden on a mission to kill her allegedly loathsome abusive father with a small axe. Upon arriving at his home, she finds him already dead (murdered to be exact) and wants to know who is responsible. As she investigates, she is down a path where she discovers dark and surprising secrets about her family.

Written by, directed by, and co-starring Chad Faust, “Girl” is a southern family drama thriller/neo-noir that treads all too familiar ground. It’s a part warped family drama, part shady character thriller, part gritty revenge thriller that doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It feels like Faust just collected every sort of cliche from films of similar ilk (or perhaps ones he studied for inspiration?) and forgot to inject something fresh or even personal. The goofy dialogue (how many times does the Girl have to say “daddy” in awkward ways?) and puzzling visual style (ie the clunky shots, shaky cam, extreme close-ups and jumbled action) don’t exactly help matters either.

Most people will likely learn about “Girl” due to the main stars Bella Thorne and Mickey Rourke. Unfortunately, both actors are entirely underserved by the material they are given. Rourke’s Sheriff character lacks depth which doesn’t give him as much to do. Thorne tries to be tough and show range in the starring role, but the dialogue she has to spout is largely atrocious and undercuts her performance.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? Viewers can expect a quality standard definition transfer. 

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? An adequate 5.1 track. 

The lone extra is Screen Media trailers

January 2, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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