I think I just sat through one of the coolest, most stylish and well made movies of 2015! It's such a shame because The Final Girls is so underrated, no one speaks of it much, and surroundings its release there wasn't a lot of obvious advertisement or buzz online nor word of mouth going around. Films like this sink under the radar and because of that, audiences everywhere are missing out on some seriously slick little pictures.
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson masterfully crafts a throwback to 80's slasher flicks, deftly blending the right amount of violence with perfect comical timing and a wonderful sense of mystery. Right down to the funky and outrageous costume design that was normal back in the days would probably get a few laughs nowadays. Behind the scenes you can tell everybody involved has analysed closely what made 80's slashers so memorable, and they've invigorated a modern film with the vibe and look with such ease.
The casting is impeccable, Taissa Farmiga absolutely owns it as a reserved, broken young girl to an absolute badass by the final act. This is the first performance I've seen by her, I've yet to experience American Horror Story so it will be interesting to see her star in that. Fresh from The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev nails it as a sassy, stuck up student who, much like Farmiga's character, develops nicely into someone you eventually root for. Malin Åkerman rocks the 80's with style, watching her sing the pop ballad Bette Davis Eyes like a true pop star is a glorious, fist thrust in the air moment, and Åkerman carries a sense of earnest and likability throughout. Alexander Ludwig, who I last saw in Lone Survivor, is the least soppy love interest and it's refreshing. He, much like Farmiga, plays a badass and all the actors here share amazing chemistry and the banter between one another is played back and forth wonderfully. The supporting cast deserve a big thumbs up, here's to great performances from Tom Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Angela Trimbur, Pitch Perfect's Adam DeVine and Chloe Bridges.
The camerawork, cinematography, lighting and special effects are frickin' awesome, like overwhelmingly awesome so as each shot is filled with vibrant colour palettes. There is so much to mention, and as much as I want to tell you everything that makes this film so bloody amazing that would mean spoilers and also the fact that you really should be watching this instead of reading this. However, the 360 panning shots, low angles tracking shots and epic wide shots that sprawl the camp environments are stunning, I love the amount of times these specific angles are used, it actually ramps up the pace frantically. Lighting during the final standoff is Sin City-esque and seriously epic, just watch this film and let the glorious look and style of the film grab you, The Final Girls is brilliant.