Based on the screenplay by Stephen King and Joe Hill
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson
Release Date: October 2019
Plot: After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out…and that something evil lurks within.
Netflix and Stephen King have formed somewhat of a relationship, with In the Tall Grass becoming the 3rd adaptation to appear on the streaming service after Gerald’s Game and 1922 and, much like it’s predecessors is a bit of a mixed bag but still ends up a cut above the majority of Netflix exclusive movies.
One of the main flaws of the film is the plot which due to its Groundhogs Day nature and underdeveloped characters, never feels like it is going anywhere and in the end, none of the characters really learn anything and we don’t get any closure to the sub-plots introduced throughout.
Technically speaking In the Tall Grass is a treat, with the atmosphere & the sound design both done well enough to give you goosebumps, with the grass being made to feel like a character in its own right, reminding me of the hedge maze in The Shining or the woods in Blair Witch.
Besides the look and feel of the film, the acting is solid when taking into account the limitations of the plot, Harrison Gilbertson, De Oliveira and Whitted do well but it’s Patrick Wilson especially who doesn’t fail to entertain, much like in Aquaman or Insidious.
Overall In the Tall Grass is an enjoyable Stephen King adaptation with good cinematography, which you might want to avoid if you have claustrophobia, just don’t expect it to be the scariest film-going or have a plot that keeps you glued to the screen throughout, making it almost perfect for a streaming service.