"Freaks" review: Best served cold

Aug 23, 2019
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"Freaks" premiered all the way back in 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival, but somehow remained a sleeper hit commercially.

The film, about a young girl who discovers the outside world after spending a childhood locked inside her home, is entertaining and deserves more attention.

I found myself going here without any background of what it is about. It's one of those films that shines the most from the limelight when served cold. In essence, a "superhero movie," "Freaks" gets the advantage of what most blockbusters have been clamoring for: the promise of expanding its fascinating mythology.

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Emil Hirsch and Lexy Kolker in Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein's"Freaks"
However, it did not. It remained confined with its characters, leaving the chance for bigger world-building aside, which is the best way to go. I came expecting it to become Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" if it stayed its course at the girl's home. The film expounds to become an effective father-and-daughter story, one that I am grateful directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein decided to go through.

See "Freaks" for the surprises and keep your expectations down. I think the movie works best when it peels its unknown narrative upfront. 

"Freaks" is now showing from TBA Studios.


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