Isabelle Huppert Shows Audiences the Terror of Underestimating Your Stalker in Neil Jordan’s Greta

Director
Neil Jordan
Writers
Ray Wright, Neil Jordan
Actors
Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Stephen Rea
Genre
Thriller
Run Time
1 hour 36 minutes

 

Neil Jordan’s new psychodrama Greta, hit theaters this weekend. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Frances. A nieve twenty-something girl is new to the big city. Living with her friend Erica(Maika Monroe) a sassy new yorker furnished with one-liners aplenty. During her daily commute, Frances comes finds a handbag left on the train by an MV5BOTg0OTVjYjUtOWUzYS00YjJjLWI3NWItMmVjNTBlMTE2ODJlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjM4NTM5NDY@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_unknown passenger. Perhaps this is where we will have to lean pretty hard in the suspension of disbelief. Why her character takes the feels compelled to return this bag to the owner in person is be my scoop of understanding.

Frances tracks down the owner of the bag Greta(Isabelle Huppert). An elderly widow all by herself with her only daughter living aboard in Paris. Frances quickly finds herself at ease with the company of Greta. Longly to get over the need to have a maternal figure in her life. Over an insanely brief amount of time, the two women become the best of friends. Frances continues overlooking all the advice from Erica.

Learning her lesson the hard way, Frances discovers Greta is being less than honest when she stumbles upon Greta’s handbag scheme. An effort to distance herself from Greta at all cost, Frances scrambles to find a way out of this relationship she built. However, Greta is fit to do whatever it takes to keep Frances in her life.
Huppert performance is brilliant and gripping at times. Coupled with Moretz portrayal of the weak and poor judgment of Frances. These actresses give very strong performances. Although, the script does absolutely let you down at times. Especially when it comes down to decisions elected by Frances, damn right simple-minded and foolish.
Moreover, it comes off a little hammy at times Monroe’s delivery of Erica’s lines help egg on the audience often at times saying things you would are thinking yourself.

There are elements of the film that leaves you wanting more of Huppert crazed rage. Unfortunately, the story isn’t strong enough to keep you hooked any longer. I think that if you didn’t have the actors that are attached to the project in the film. Grea should have been a VOD film at best. Again the acting is so strong I suppose it would also work as a matinee.

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