Movie Review: The Guest (2014)

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Plot: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence

Rating: 9/10

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The Guest is a slice of utter perfection that came to us in life. I went in without any idea what to expect, having only read spoiler free reviews. It makes the best type of viewing, really. The insanely high ratings are well deserved and this thriller is perfectly put together. The chemistry and sexual tension between Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe… what the fuck. It was such a strong presence and present all the time. Dan Stevens. Those eyes.The body.The attitude.The acting.The bathroom scene. Have I mentioned the eyes? The focus on the male character’s appeal rather than the female’s.THE CHEMISTRY.

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Okay, now that the Dan Stevens perve is out of the way, let’s get back to the other aspects that worked: The storyline of a grieving American family still crippled by loss is a valid topic in our current world. It makes so much sense for them to immediately accept a friend of their deceased son into the family house without too much questioning. Dan Stevens delivers a perfect portrayal of a young army soldier – he’s all manners and politeness and kindness with a mix of loss that makes you want to accept him immediately. He offers the family assistance in every way, he gives advice to the youngest son Luke (Brendan Meyer) who is being badly bullied by other children, assists mom (Sheila Kelly) with things dad (Leland Orsor) is too busy for, listen to dad’s problems – it is clear that while they lost a family member, the family is still flooded with daily problems while coping with their loss. The only suspicious family member is Anna (Maika Monroe), perhaps because she is at a suspicious age and not as easily fooled as her younger brother or parents. Her observant nature alerts her that everything is not quite well (not a spoiler – this is in all the synopsis/trailers out there) even while she finds him more and more compelling.

Maika Monroe in The Guest

Maika Monroe..great stuff. I love her gruff and sulky attitude and how her personal style fits so well into it. She has so much sense in here, and I cannot say how much I loved that they kept the integrity of her character intact. She was sleeping in the room next to an insanely attractive and interesting man who she clearly had intense chemistry with but she still stayed loyal to the man she was dating. YAY for finally putting a pretty, sexy, sharp girl on screen that doesn’t just bang the newest hot guy. THANKS TO THE GUEST WRITERS FOR THIS.

I'm just enjoying putting pictures of him all over this post
I’m just enjoying putting pictures of him all over this post

The blood and gore was on a level that worked – it wasn’t senseless and was well executed.  The action scenes are flawlessly executed and not drawn out. The film is shot very well in a delightfully clear style and the sound track complements the story and the sequence of events escalates clearly. I loved the décor and subliminal messaging and especially the theming around the last few scenes. My only issue was that David Collins’ life wasn’t really explained in detail and that part felt slightly rushed. I might have missed this, but is it ever really explained why David truly arrived at the Peterson family? If it was, I missed that part.

This movie severely disrupts my top ten for last year and I will have to review it dramatically. The Guest is everything entertainment should be: thrilling, dramatic, sexy and entertaining as hell.

This pic... is.. everything
This pic… is.. everything

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15 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Guest (2014)

  1. Great review, Natasha. 🙂 I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t love this! But I felt that way with You’re Next. :-/ I far preferred this to You’re Next but I think I was just confused as to what I was actually watching. I thought it was a horror film beforehand and I’m very glad it ended up not being one. Exactly. Except I don’t know WHAT it was. It was certainly interesting, though – I did like how original it felt. Maybe I should give it another try sometime. 🙂 Oh – I also seem to be alone in not finding Dan Stevens hot. Can you have him & I have Chris Hemsworth, then?? 😉 lol

    • Thanks Lady! I really enjoyed this one, but then again I don’t often watch thrillers or horrors so I don’t have much to compare it to haha! I really, really, really like Dan Stevens, BUT HANDS OFF THE HEMS!!! (loll!!)

  2. OH MY GOD SO MUCH DAN STEVENS!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. As much as I love that last pic (the first thing I scrolled for), when you said it was everything, I was expecting *cough cough* everything 😉

    Love this post and I am so happy that you liked it so much!

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