Plot: Chloe (Lexy Kolker) lives with her father (Emile Hirsch) in a practically boarded up house. He has forbidden her to go outside, emphasizing how dangerous it is for her. But Chloe can’t help but long for the outside world, especially when Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) drives past her house with his ice cream truck. When her obviously exhausted father falls asleep one afternoon, she can’t resist but running to the truck. A decision that changes both of their lives forever.
Freaks is fine, but it isn’t quite inventive enough to be very memorable. It has some solid ideas and good acting, but it treads along well-traveled paths when it should have allowed itself maybe a little more deviation. Too many superpower movies have come before it.
Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) is the new star of the circus. The beautiful artist is sure to have all the eyes on her and she certainly has Hans’ (Harry Earles) attention who starts wooing her despite being married to Frieda (Daisy Earles). Cleopatra laughs away his advances – he is a dwarf how could he possibly imagine that she could love him? She much rather spends her time with Hercules (Henry Victor). But when Cleopatra hears that Hans has a substantial inheritance, she plans to marry him to rob him of it. But the other disabled circus performers and a couple of able-bodied allies are set to protect their own.
Freak is definitely an important film in cinema history and is an interesting watch. Much has been made of its portrayal of the eponymous “freaks” and their disabilities. I’m a little torn on that count, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy watching the film.