Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
A young woman on her wedding day must play a deadly game of hide and seek that is part of a family’s secret to wealth and power.
The Le Domas Family firmly believes that if they do not honor a long-ago pact made with an individual referred to simply as “Le Bail” then they will die. What helps this to work in the context of the film is that they do not explicitly tell you whether or not they will actually suffer any consequences. They leave it ambiguous and plant doubt into the mind of the viewer up to the very end of the movie. Even the characters at time express doubt about the authenticity of the whole story.
Samara Weaving turns in an entertaining performance as the young bride Grace Le Domas who finds herself struggling to survive. She at first believes she is marrying into a wealthy, if not odd, family. She goes from disbelieving to frightened to an attitude that is best described as resignation to the situation in a very convincing manner.
Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny), the father, should have been played a little straighter but instead he was bordering on clueless in his performance. It made him almost not a threat to Grace of even a viable head of the family. It did not hurt the movie, but I think it could have made for a stronger film had his character been more serious. All of the supporting characters were off in one form or another but given the situation you would expect these people to be off kilter.
The oddest character though was the mohawked Helene Le Domas (Nicky Guadagni). She looked like a shark and she was incredibly intense in comparison to the other characters. She was quite the scene stealer in this movie.
It was a surprise to see that Elyse Levesque as Charity Le Domas. I know her from the series Stargate Universe and I thought she was pretty good there. Her character married into the family and is well aware of the rituals and will do anything to not have to go back to her previous life. What that was never alluded to but she along with the family matriarch and one other all married into the family and had to play a game. It is Grace’s unfortunate luck to have picked hide and go seek picked for her to play.
The character of Grace’s new husband Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) can be a bit too much of a wounded animal at times. At the very beginning he comes off as a relatively emotionally strong character who does not want to see his bride put in danger having experienced this family’s rituals as a child. But once the game begins, he changes. It is almost as if he is on the verge of emotional collapse. And maybe that was the point of the performance. I do not know but I did not quite like it. It placed him in the realm of “plot device.”
I expected something more horror but instead it was a horror comedy. I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this. The humor was dark, and the jokes were genuinely funny. If you like dark humor, this film is filled with it and it gets it right more often than other dark comedies/comedy horrors do. You WILL laugh. And they do not skimp on the gore of the kills. In fact, they are often the punchline to the joke and as the movie progresses the erroneous deaths get funnier.
Grace as a character is a capable runner but not so ridiculously capable as to be nonsensical. Too often a runner-type character becomes a poor man’s John Matrix in these films. Grace is just creative enough and is played as usually keeping her wits enough about her to have idea on what to do.
On a side note I honestly thought that Margot Robbie was in this movie. I cannot tell the difference between Samara Weaving and Margot Robbie at all. They are identical. I think there is a factory down in Australia that produces these girls and they were just both off the same run.
There are some interesting twist and turns in Ready or Not and the performances are all good in the end even if some are not what I would have suggested. This is a great horror comedy and I highly recommend watching it.