“Greta” – Not Everyone Needs to be a Friend

Greta is a film centralized on an idea – until adopting a grandma takes a weird turn. The idea of having an adopted maternal figure is not radical, especially if you put yourself in our lead’s shoes. Having just lost her own mother, Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) forms a connection with Greta (Isabelle Huppert), whose daughter is away studying in Paris. This friendship begins the way you would anticipate with a millennial and an adopted grandma: Greta teaches Frances how to cook and shares stories of her youth, and Frances teaches Greta how to use the camera on her phone. However, Greta (not unlike other grandmothers) begins to overstep into Frances’ life.

The film does not waste any time digging into the plot centering around a friendship / stalkership of Frances and Greta. In the opening credits, Frances finds a purse belonging to Greta and believes the right thing to do is return it. Frances’ roommate is quick to find something amiss about the plan to begin with, speaking what every viewer is thinking: “this is Manhattan. You find a bag, you call a bomb squad.” Frances ignores her roommate’s advice, the movie picks up, and never slows down.

The plot is full of suspense, but it is the music choices that push it to that next level. That feeling you get when you know something is going to go horribly wrong washes over you time and time again; the music rustles in, suggesting that if you are not one for any sort of horror, now might be a good time to shut your eyes.

Movie goer Greg was less impressed. As a self proclaimed “Forensic Files” expert, Greg shared, “this would never happen. There would need to be a lot more of that substance to decompose the body unless it was in a grave.” However, for the audience less trained on how to cover up a murder, Greta is the perfect amount of thriller and mystery. It also provides a cautionary tale on why you should never trust a stranger, no matter how impeccably they dress.

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Run Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Director: Neil Jordan

Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe

Rating: Rated R

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Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: manager@coronadotimes.com