Firstly, the most curious stabs its way so resolutely through Freaky that Landon’s latest outing feels a tad heavy-handed in mixing a body-swap farce and a high-school slasher with much horror and comedy.
It’s almost as if the filmmaker thought. They don’t make them like they used to just like the rest of us. Thereafter took it upon himself to restore a little bit of everything.
Moreover from the original “Friday the 13th” to “Freaky Friday”.
In addition beyond, complete with a vintage title card, in one movie packed with familiar breadcrumbs. The Freaky bug- movie is never as unpredictable. As you really want it to be-and the main feature that caters endearingly to the nerds of such fare. Including this critic, admittedly. In other words, “Freaky” is a fun, frisky, and nostalgic ride that provides laughs, multiple inventively bloody kills, and sometimes even some 21st-century-appropriate gender norms observations.
The pair of risk-taking performances by Vince Vaughn and the consistently great young actor Kathryn Newton. (“Blockers,” “Big Little Lies”) are a major exception to the film’s on-paper visibility.
The initial plays the notorious (and of course, masked) serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher in his sleepy town. Who sets the film in motion by murdering a group of unsuspecting teenagers in a gruesome opening with loud echoes of Scream.
The latter is Millie, a smart, lovely, introverted girl in frumpy clothes. The perennially bullied outcast of her high school. Living in a close Spielbergian fatherless home with her sweetly fretting single mother and policewoman sister. Millie spends her days with her two close friends (Celeste O’Connor and Misha Osherovich gracefully making the most of their cliched parts as a smart bestie and gay teenager) and obsesses with her crush (Uriah Shelton’s Booker) while trying to steer clear of her vicious tormentors.
Genre: Horror , Comedy
Director: Christopher Landon
Writers: Michael Kennedy, Landon
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich