Tone-Deaf (2019)

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Ray Wise, Kim Delaney
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2019

Olive (Amanda Crew) is having a pretty shitty time. She just ended a difficult relationship, her sexist boss fired her and she keeps seeing her dead father (Ray Wise). Her mother Crystal (Kim Delaney) isn’t much help, so Olive decides to get away. She splurges and rents an entire house in the countryside for the weekend from Harvey (Robert Patrick). Little does she know that Harvey is only renting the house out because he would like to know how it is to kill somebody, and Olive is it.

Tone-Deaf has a good sense of humor and made me laugh, but I can’t help shake the feeling that it could have been a bit more. Still, I really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing Olive (Amanda Crew) sitting at a table with Harvey (Robert Patrick) standing behind her, an axe in one hand a hammer in the other.

Tone-Deaf basically takes on the conflict between baby boomers and millennials and pushes it to its extreme. There was still some room here to make more of the conflict, I thought. It does remain a little shallow, although it is spot-on about the sense of entitlement of old white men.

In any case, the film is really funny and has some wonderfully absurd scenes – like the other killer that shows up in the middle of the film. I definitely laughed a lot. Despite that, there were even a couple of scenes that creeped me out (not the nightmares in the white room – those I found pretty weird – but the nightmares at the piano were very well done).

Olive (Amanda Crew) screaming in a bloodied whtie dress while Harvey (Robert Patrick) stands over her with an axe.

Olive is a great character and Crew plays her very well (she is also like super pretty, so it’s just a pleasure to watch her). Contrary to many other horror movies, her reactions always made sense to me.

Overall, the film isn’t exactly in wow territory, but it is entertaining and fun to watch. I enjoyed it, even if it didn’t make my Top Movies list (figurativel speaking. There is no actual list).

Harvey (Robert Patrick) looking in through the window.

Summarizing: good entertainment.

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