Thoroughbreds review - female friendship turns fatal
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Female friendship turns fatal in this dark comedy, as teenage girls Amanda and Lily plot the perfect murder. Setting a precedent for the level of intrigue and suspense the film’s 90-minute duration will throw your way, Thoroughbreds throws you into the deep end with an opening scene that shows you very little but tells you everything. From here, you’re introduced to Amanda and Lily, polar-opposite, ex-friends reluctantly reuniting. Whilst initially the reason for their reunion is nothing more than a money-for-tuition business deal, the film soon sees the pair delve down a fatal path. The film’s biggest triumph can be found in its depiction of the two leads. A calculated exploration of their minds, the pair prove that a privileged upbringing doesn’t always equate happiness. Through beautifully nuanced performances from Taylor-Joy and Cooke, the unimaginable depth of these girls’ troubles is gradually revealed, as are the actors’ innate talent. As Lily’s inner hatred of her unamiable stepfather seeps through her composed demeanour, Amanda’s influence begins to take its toll, leading to criminally bad life choices. Spoken only through short, abrupt exchanges, the pair come up with a solution to their first-world problems. It is this that initiates two notably different but equally interesting journeys, ones that see Taylor-Joy’s and Cooke’s performances reach new heights, as well as the recruitment of the late Anton Yelchin, who is captivating alongside the leads. These performances, framed in a dual point-of-view and episodic-like structure, see the girls' individuality and similarities merge into one, setting the film’s character-driven narrative apart from others of its type.
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