Film Review: Mandy
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writers: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Panos Cosmatos has created something special with Mandy. It's not that the story of Mandy is new (it's a pretty linear revenge film) but the direction, cinematography, lighting, performance and every other component push the film up.
Cosmatos vision is singular and you have to take your hat off to him for that. He just flat out goes for it. Taking his time to setup and even when the second half of the film gets rolling, he still is happy to let the film go at its own pace. A horror film that doesn't care for jump scares or really give a fuck about what you think about the pacing or any of that bullshit, the whole film is a journey that you either are on board with or you're not, for those of us that are onboard - it's a helluva trip.
There is a lot going on under the surface in Mandy plenty could be made of the villains motivations, of Red's revenge and of the world Cosmatos has created and you can dive into it if you like or just be happy to take the trip and enjoy an experimental film that just does its own thing. One of 2018's best films.
Mandy Blu-Ray/DVD is out on October 30, 2018
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78