By Chris Dugopolski
This is a movie which I don’t recommend for anyone as it has no redeeming values. First, it is a stage drama and as such almost all the action takes place in the dialogue, not on the screen. Theater plays often do not make good movies as in the theater, the dialogue is so much more important than the visuals. No so with a good movie. The visuals are as important, if not even more so. Having said that, the set of the play is very attractive. It takes place in a very upper-class home in Connecticut set upon beautiful grounds with a museum-like interiors.
It is the story of two emotionally disturbed teens. Amanda (played by Olivia Cooke) says she does not feel anything and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) hates her step-father.
Amanda has brutally killed her horse because he had a broken leg. We do not see this, we hear her very graphic description of the killing. Because of this action, Amanda’s mother has paid Lily to act as a tutor to Amanda. We slowly – very slowly, learn that Amanda and Lily have been school friends for a long time and that both have won ribbons as equestrians.
Amanda hints to Lily that it would not be so hard to rid herself of the stepfather she hates and the two plot to get rid of him by hiring a low-life dishwasher to shoot him and make the crime look like a robbery. This fails, and Lily becomes more and more determined to rid herself of this hated man.
Does she or doesn’t she get rid of him? Do we even care? As I said above, all the action in this movie is off screen.