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“I’m a soldier, man. I like guns.”
– David

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via IMDB

the guest

Ryan and Eric were heavily propagating that I get to this movie. Relentlessly. I even dealt with dead-friendship threats, which was insane. Needless to say, we can all still be friends here… I think… right, Ryan?? Can we still be friends??

GRADE 9Wow. Just wow. I mean I know I read a lot of good reviews on this and all, but just wow. I was a huge fan of The Guest. Just about everything in this film worked on so many levels. Dan Stevens gave a simply phenomenal and chilling performance as David, which is so important to the movie that you can almost base it all on that. It is wonderful to watch him transform, how important his whole facade is, and how he handles the ever-changing situations around him.

I thought it highly amusing how Stevens was so intentionally sexualised in the film. I liked that for a change, for science, you know? Also, it just made his character so much creepier. It is not that this premise has never ever been heard of (though there was a pretty cool twist later), it’s just that it was handled incredibly well. The score is something my other half specifically commented on, something he never does, which is why I am mentioning it – to highlight how well it worked itself into the movie, and how important it was. It was so perfectly suited.

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The Guest has great pacing, starting slowly, deliberately putting all the pieces into place, progressively becoming darker as the time of the film ticks along, and it draws you in. It is so tense, and you get so involved with what was happening. With a solid foundation of story, it really makes the third act that much more fascinating, entertaining and grand. I think this movie is a great mashup of horror meets thriller.

All the actors worked together really well and the movie was littered with performances that were an asset to the picture as a whole. Brendan Meyer excelled at the emo-shift of the hair and was a pitiable but smart character (except when it was important), and Maika Monroe impressed me quite a bit with her portrayal of Anna. The friendship/mentorship that came up between Luke and David was totally worth watching, too. Got a few smiles out of that one. While there are predictable moments, they are handled with style, making this an undeniably entertaining watch.

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I wish I knew how to articulate how much I enjoyed this movie and why anyone should watch it! I loved how they managed to work in the Halloween aspect to this, but that it never became super important or overly-gimmicky, and that a lot of stupid crap was not shoehorned into this movie because why not? Wingard and Barrett nailed that deliberate cheese and the self-aware tongue-in-cheek moments, I must say. I enjoyed Broyles Major Carver dropping everything to rush and to check out the David situation, you know stuff is about to go down, and let me just tell you that you are massively rewarded for it. The Guest is bloody, violent, thrilling, and I love, love, love it. It is definitely going to get numerous repeat watches from me!

55 thoughts on “Review: The Guest (2014)

  1. Ryan says:

    I never doubted it for a second! Glad you liked it, though, it’s such a great film. All of its brilliance is tied together by an insanely cool soundtrack.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Damn straight! It was so much awesomeness packed into that runtime. LOVED it.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. thomasjford says:

    Glad you liked it Zoe, I thought it was excellent. I think mainly because it’s tongue seemed to be firmly in it’s cheek most of the time. It kind of revelled in being stupid in places which just made it appealing. I loved the final shot as well!

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 Absolutely agree with you of course! It was just so much fun. Thrilled to see you enjoyed it so much too Thomas!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Keith says:

    Good gravy! 9??? I think I have figured out what I am watching thus afternoon. Thanks for the review Zoe!

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    1. Zoë says:

      A 9! Yes! I freaking LOVED this Keith! I hope that you enjoy it this afternoon 😀 It is my utmost pleasure!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Keith says:

        I’m excited now!!!!

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Zoë says:

        Well, hope it doesn’t disappoint! Eric, Ryan, Joseph, myself… we loved it 😀 Let’s hope we can add you to that list!

        Liked by 2 people

  4. theipc says:

    Dearest PJB,

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! This movie rocked my lame ass!!! I’m SO happy you felt the same way!!

    I+I

    Love,

    ISC

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    1. theipc says:

      P.S. Nice pic, perve.

      : ) : )

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      1. Zoë says:

        Me?! Perving?! What?! How could you say that??????

        #ItWasTheirMoneyShot
        #HowCouldINotOblige

        Liked by 1 person

      2. theipc says:

        #ForScience

        #Studying

        #thatswhyiwatchalotofthethingsiwatch

        #Research

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Zoë says:

        #YouUnderstand

        #ForScience

        Liked by 1 person

      4. theipc says:

        #MustStudyMore

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Zoë says:

        #IAlmostHaveADoctorate

        Liked by 1 person

      6. theipc says:

        HAHAHAHAHAH!!!

        #IAmAProfessor

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Zoë says:

      Dearest SSC,

      Hell yeah it did! In fact, I wanted to start it up now but the day is so close to over. Maybe I watch it this evening… otherwise it is tomorrow’s baby!

      I+I

      Love,

      JJB

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      1. theipc says:

        Dearest SBJB,

        Sounds like a solid plan!!

        Also – #housebound

        Love,

        ISC

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      2. Zoë says:

        Kind Chop,

        YESSSSSSS!

        #Eugene

        Love,

        IJB

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  5. Mark Walker says:

    Another fan of this one? Superb. I have a copy but I’ve still not watched it yet. It’s great to hear so many people praise it, though. Nice one, Zoe!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Mark! Oooooh, I would love to hear what you think about it 😀 😀

      Like

  6. Mr Rumsey says:

    Nice review Zoe! I am going to have to see this soon…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 Thanks James!

      I would highly recommend it, obviously 😛

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Mr Rumsey says:

        I’m really looking forward to watching it!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Zoë says:

        Tell me when you do!

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  7. Abbi says:

    I really wanted to see this and my husband wouldn’t go. I should have just gone alone. But anyway more topless pics. MOAR!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      ARGH REALLY?!

      Right?! The research is finding the target audience 😉

      Like

  8. thycriticman says:

    SO GLAD THAT YOU LIKED SO MUCH. THIS MOVIE IS SO FREAKING AWESOME.

    Sorry. I’m just happy to share the love!

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    1. Zoë says:

      NEVER BE SORRY! IT WAS FREAKING PERFECT!

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  9. Oh my gosh, Zoe! You know that I wholeheartedly agree! The soundtrack, the performances, the direction…I mean, gush, Gush, GUSH! We need to have a gush post about this, you and I :).

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    1. I just realized I meant to say direction instead of acting…edit accordingly my dearest Zoe!

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    2. Zoë says:

      😀 😀 😀 YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

      I think that is a damn fine idea!!

      Gush, gush, gush!

      Like

  10. WOW ok I have to see this if you loved it. Plus I do love Dan Stevens! Great review and gifs Zoe!

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    1. Zoë says:

      You have to woman! It’s AWESOME!

      They are, aren’t they? 😉

      Thanks!

      Like

  11. ruth says:

    WHOA!!! Loving the screen shots of Dan Stevens here, YOWZA!! I loved him as baby-faced Edward Ferrars in BBC Sense & Sensibility & also Downton Abbey but hey, bring on BAD ASS DAN! 😛

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    1. Zoë says:

      They are certainly doing the job they intended 😉 He is freaking great at this badass thing. I have to see him in more stuff, he impressed the hell out of me!

      Like

  12. Tom says:

    Oh wow, a 9, eh? I canNOT wait to get my mitts on Dan Stevens. . . .er, rather, The Guest. 😉

    This sounds like a rockin’ good time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      It’s a damn fine time Tom, would love to hear your thoughts. Well, I would like to add him to my upcoming birthday wishlist… the movie, of course. *innocent whistle*

      Like

  13. That’s the stuff. Excellent film. Glad you liked it 😀

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  14. emmakwall says:

    Great review, you summarised it really well 🙂 I agree about the soundtrack, it really hit you! I’d love it on CD but I think they only have it on MP3 download at the moment… BOO!

    Your review is great and I don’t just mean the words…..

    Wow………those pics! 😀 😀 😀

    I actually love him! I don’t give a fuck how many people he’s murdered.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Emma! I really, really enjoyed the soundtrack!

      😉 Aren’t they just yummy?!

      Is it bad to say I get it??

      Liked by 1 person

      1. emmakwall says:

        Not bad at all! 🙂

        The soundtrack was great, my brother fell in love with it as well!

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  15. Great write-up! I hadn’t considered the Halloween aspect but upon reflection you’re right, it’s one of the aspects that adds a subtle eeriness. I think this is Wingard’s best work to date.

    Adam.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Adam, I am with you! It all just worked, and I was exceptionally impressed with it! Glad to hear of another fan!

      Like

  16. table9mutant says:

    Wow. I love seeing when someone loves a movie so much. I nearly went to this but was turned off by the You’re Next connection. Probably way too violent for me (I’m a wuss) but I’m glad you loved it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      I really adored this. Well, I was no fan of You’re Next, but I loved this, so you might, too. There isn’t as much blood and gore in this as you would be thinking, so do look into it. I freaking loved it and think the world must watch it hahahaha.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. table9mutant says:

        I’ll probably check it out. 🙂 Didn’t even realize this main dude was in Night At The Museum until I wrote the review today! Not so hot in that one…

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