Greta (2018)

Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Ray Wright, Neil Jordan
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Zawe Ashton, Thaddeus Daniels, Raven Dauda, Stephen Rea
Seen on: 17.5.2019

Content Note: stalking

When Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag in the subway station, she makes sure to return it to its owner, widow Greta (Isabelle Huppert). Greta, a retired piano teacher, seems lonely and the kind-hearted Frances resolves to spend some time with her. But soon things start to become a little weird. There seems to be more to Greta than Frances suspected at first.

Greta has unfortunately more holes than plot and for a film that tries so hard to lure people on the wrong path, that is more than unfortunate. It breaks the film.

the film poster showing a purse dangling on a fish hook.

The film’s problems certainly don’t stem from its actors – Huppert, Moretz and Monroe really did the best with what they were given. Unfortunately that wasn’t very much. The characters here aren’t particularly complex, but considering how they handle the story, simple may be better.

Because storywise really nothing makes sense here. I wanted to facepalm so many times. When they say that that stalking is actually legal, for example, and they should just wait it out. Or when the police doesn’t even knock on Greta’s door after Frances goes missing. They didn’t even try to explain that. The police are just that incompetent or something.

Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) cooking with Greta (Isabelle Huppert).

I could have forgiven the film (some of) its plot holes if it had managed to at least feel tense. But everytime there is some beginning of tension, the film drops it. The result is the opposite of tense. It’s slack and boring.

Overall, I regretted watching the film, even spending money on it. But mostly because it was an utter waste of time – for the people involved as well as for me.

Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) walking arm in arm with Erica (Maika Monroe).

Summarizing: skip it.

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