The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual
Director: David Bruckner
Writer: Joe Barton
Based on: Adam Nevill‘s novel
Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton, Paul Reid
Seen on: 3.9.2022

Plot:
After their friend Rob (Paul Reid) is killed during a robbery, Hutch (Robert James-Collier), Luke (Rafe Spall), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Dom (Sam Troughton) go to Sweden together to go on the hiking trip that Rob suggested just before he died. Despite not being very experienced hikers, everything goes well until Dom falls and twists his ankle. They decide to deviate from the original plan and go through the forest instead of around it. But there is something in the forest. Something that is hunting them.

The Ritual starts off well enough when establishing its characters and their situation. But once it would have been time to really dig in to that, it turns to scariness instead and loses its grip on the story and the audience watching.

The film poster showing the central four walking towards a forest, a car wreck next to them.
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Downton Abbey (2019)

Downton Abbey
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Sequel to: the TV show
Cast: Stephen Campbell Moore, Michael Fox, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Hugh Bonneville, Allen Leech, Michelle Dockery, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Geraldine James, Imelda Staunton, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Douglas Reith, Kevin Doyle, Brendan Coyle, Raquel Cassidy, Charlie Watson, David Haig, Mark Addy, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Goode
Seen on: 15.10.2019

Content Note: homomisia

Plot:
After the Queen and King announce their visit, all of Downton Abbey is on high alert, trying to prepare as best they can for the royal visit. But with Buckingham Palace staff interfering with the regular Downton Abbey staff, and a possible royal spy coming to check on the family, preparing for the visit may be easier said than done.

I watched the show for a while, but I kind of fell out of the habit after a couple of seasons and then figured, I’d watch the film anyway and damn, it doesn’t work at all. In fact, the only thing it really achieved was making me remove the (rest of the) series permanently from my watchlist.

The film poster showing the noble characters in the top half, and the servants in the bottom half.
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