Thoroughbreds is a 2018 thriller drama film directed by Cory Finley. It stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin. The film is about two upperclass teenager girls who reunite after years of separation. They soon arrange plans in an attempt to ensure their problems are solved forever.
I was nonetheless left satisfied by Thoroughbreds thanks to some really good direction and two very talented performances from two of Hollywood’s most on-demand young leading ladies. RIP Anton Yelchin, a talented young star who definitely will be missed. ***POSITIVES*** ACTING: Anya Taylor-Joy put herself on the map with her fantastic performance in The Witch, and further solidified her star status with an amazing role in Split. She once again is impressive in this film as we see her character grow. Equally impressive is Olivia Cooke, who channels more of her stoic side in this film. Both of them venture into new territory here, and they are both fantastic.
DIRECTION: Cory Finley is a forced to be reckoned with. The way he directs his cinematographer to capture certain shots and moments in each scene was very creative. There is an evident attention to detail throughout as well. ***NEGATIVES*** PACING: There are some moments and scenes that feel loose, and particularly the third act feels especially slow. It isn’t a linear narrative film, and of course any non-linear narrative will feel a little messy, but I feel like this film had a lot of potential to be more well-paced than it was. Not to mention, I didn’t particularly enjoy the quirky-for-the-sake-of-being-quirky soundtrack either.
Worth it?: 3/5
SCORE: 6.9/10. #thoroughbreds