The fifth “Scream” movie is not trying to reinvent the whine.
Unlike the restarted “Halloween” and “Candyman,” which successfully dragged their franchise into the present with added social commentary, the tired teen-slasher film is stuck in the past. And proud of it.
Although “Scream” takes place in modern times, it is a cinematic time machine until 2000. All the while, you feel like you are surrounded by Beanie Babies while tasting Pizza Bagels and listening to the Backstreet Boys.
Playing time: 116 minutes. Rated R (strong bloody violence, language everywhere and some sexual references.) In the cinema on Friday.
But should a serial killer carnage be so enjoyable and nostalgic for an audience? Not if it wants to hold our interest. Within two hours, Cinco de Scream-o empties along with routine killings and few surprises, even when it makes lame attempts to shock us.
The heroine’s background story is a moan. A development that should be destructive is completely immobile. And when you think you know who’s behind the Ghostface mask, you’re probably right.
Oh, oh, the meta jokes. They got out of control in the later successors, and Cinq drowns in them.
The big gag here, for example, is mocking the recent emergence of critically acclaimed (and, um, better) horror films.
“What’s your favorite scary movie?” Ghostface asks the young Tara (Jenna Ortega) at the beginning as she stands in her Woodboro kitchen, a la Drew Barrymore in the first chapter. But where Drew said, “I do not know,” cinematographer Tara replies, “‘The Babadook.’ It is a wonderful meditation on motherhood and grief. “
Can Ghostface also murder me?
After Tara is stabbed – not fatally – the self-referential bits come faster than they did in “3” and “4.” They make fun of “The Witch”, “Jurassic World”, “The Last Jedi”, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s divorce and so on and so forth. The problem is that Parker Posey is not here to get the bland material out of the park.
The rest of the story follows the worn old pattern.
Tara’s estranged big sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) hurries to her side in the hospital and ends up in the center of another Woodboro murder experience. We ask the same questions as always: Which friend will die next? Is the cute guy the killer? What was Courteney Cox’s last film role ?!
Sam explains to his girlfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) that a Ghostface copycat tries to make a splash in the city “every decade or so. The last time was in 2011.” See? It’s been 10 years since the third sequel.Who invented these amazing zingers?
It would be the writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick who put as much effort into the humor as it is that they have thrown the fright into a blender. I’m a slut and I might as well have seen “The Great British Baking Show”.
The new cast fits well. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who took over for the late Wes Craven, have poached a few popular young actors such as Dylan Minnette (“13 Reasons Why”) and Mason Gooding (“Love, Victor”), perhaps hoping to pull in. their influential fans.
And Barrera, who was wonderful in “In The Heights,” has a serious intensity that will give her a long career. It’s funny to see her kick ass with Neve Campbell, Cox and Arquette, whose chemistry is a sure thing at this point.
But as much as “Scream” refers to the aughts movies and pays homage to the slasher genre, it forgets the most important part – the original was actually scary.