May (2002)

Available on Shudder and other Prime services

“May” is a psychological horror film directed by Lucky McKee a director that I’m not too familiar with besides his other movie “All Cheerleaders Die”, which I didn’t enjoy too much. This movie had been on my watchlist for quite some time so I was pretty excited to watch it with some friends (Especially since Anna Faris was in it). So this film revolves around May, an animal surgeon who seems to be pretty confused on how to be social. She finds what seems to be the love of her life and a lot of weird chain of events come from her trying to get him to fall in love with her. I won’t be going into spoilers but I’ll be mentioning a few broad things that I liked and disliked about the movie.

Overall I was pretty positive about this movie. One of its main goals was to make the viewer feel uneasy and awkward at times and I feel like I definitely got that vibe throughout the whole movie. The way they made the main character still relatable and easy to sympathize with at certain times made the film a lot less painful to watch. Ana Faris’ character was actually the perfect fit for her and I honestly just love seeing her in anything she’s in. The boyfriend character wasn’t just the stereotypical douche that just drops May for no reason, which made the movie feel weirdly believable. Overall this film acting wise and character wise was great. A lot of the themes that were being presented stayed fairly consistent throughout the film as well which helped a lot. The main down sides I have with the film is that it kinda dragged a bit. After about the halfway point my friends and I could already guess where the film was going and we waited quite a while for it to finally get to that point. There are a few scenes that could be a bit too disturbing for the average viewer and could even be labeled gore porn but I feel like every gore scene still had its meaning behind it. The cheesiness of the film also helped it in my opinion. Anyways this is a pretty great psychological horror and it was presented in a really unique way than most horror movies. I would recommend for anyone trying out a different type of horror.

My Rating: 7/10

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