Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Perfect Host (2010)
The Perfect Host (2010) Dir. by Nick Tomnay
A criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary.
Nick Tomnay wins BIG in his first feature written and directed. Based on his short film "The Host", The Perfect Host fills the screen glowingly with rich characters, clever twists, and down right creepiness.
Clayne Crawford (Swimfan, The Donner Party) does an exceptionally good job as the criminal turned party guest. His character appears dark and evil, but as the story progresses you can't help but feel for him. Warwick, played by David Hyde Pierce (Frasier *TV*), knocks the flippin movie out of the park! David Hyde Pierce does things with this character that deserves an Oscar. His portrayal of Warwick is the perfect polar opposite to Clayne's character. At first you kinda feel sorry for him, having his house and party crashed by this unruly criminal, but as the story movies forward you see his much, much, much darker ways. Every little bit about David's acting job is FLAWLESS. I haven't seen spot on acting like this in a very, very long time.
I really really want to tell you so much about this film, but I really can't. I just want everyone to enjoy it as much as they can for themselves. The movie itself is beautiful. It is such a perfectly paced thriller, giving just the right amount of information at the right times. I really don't want to go in to too much about this film, but it is a MUST BUY! There are so many twists and turns in this movie, and eventually they kinda become predictable (In the last ten minutes), but the rest of the 90 minute movie is flawless. This movie was so much fun to watch! I laughed so frickin hard for half of it, and was creeped out at the same time. How is that not the perfect way to feel about a comedic thriller? David's acting and mannerisms are spot on. With the little story hiccup near the end, aside from that it is the perfect creepy film, so I can only give it:
Entertainment Value: 10/10 glasses of red wine
Cinematic Value: 9/10 glasses of red wine