Movie Review: Offseason (2021) – Review 2

SYNOPSIS:

A woman visits an island town after being told that her mother’s grave has been desecrated, only to discover that there is something a little crooked about the people who live there and that things in themselves are not quite as they look there.

REVIEW:

I thought the premise of Out of season sounded nice and I went into it in the hopes that it would be a great little movie. I knew about half an hour inside that this would not be the case, but I tightened it up to the end, and even though I did not absolutely hate it and would not say that it was the worst movie I have ever seen, will i will not be in a hurry to ever see it again.

The premise promised, and I thought it sounded like it might be interesting. It’s all about a woman and her estranged boyfriend on their way to a small town on an island to deal with her mother’s grave being vandalized. Once they get there, it becomes clear that there is something with people there and the city itself, as everyone there is generally just a little weird, and it’s clear that they are not exactly crazy about outsiders. I thought it would be fun to try to find out exactly what was going on and what the big mystery of the island was, but unfortunately that was not the case. The film is extremely predictable, and I was basically able to figure it all out early, something that I think most viewers will do as well.

I think the biggest problem I had with the film was that it is extremely boring. There are definitely some tempo issues here, and most of the time I watched the movie, I could not help but be bored more than a little bit. It’s way too slow for the most part, and once things start to happen, they’re not exactly something to write home about. Nothing exciting really takes place at any given time, so if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed movie packed with cool death scenes and other exciting things going on, you might want to steer clear of Out of season because you are not going to find any of this, unfortunately.

The acting is also OK and is acceptable for the most part. Jocelin Donahue is fine as the main character Marie, but there are times when even she seems bored and wishes she was somewhere else. The same can be said about Joe Swanberg, who plays her boyfriend George, who also occasionally seems preoccupied with other things. The other actors who appear in the film are all there and do not really stand out to be honest, but I think this is due more to the authorship than it does to any of their acting abilities.

I was not the big fan of the ending either. That’s probably the most predictable thing about the movie and just felt lazy to me. I do not want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that it’s mighty clichéd and has been done countless times before in other films. As I said earlier about the great mystery going on involving the island itself, most viewers will most likely see the end come and will not be shocked or surprised as a result. I could personally think of at least two different ways the film could have ended, so I was a little surprised that the people behind it went with the ending they went with because it just does not quite work and feels more than a little generic and cookie cutter in my opinion.

Like I said before, I did not completely hate Out of season, but I did not think it was anything special at the same time. It’s an OK way to kill 90 minutes if you have nothing better to do, but just do not go into it in the expectation of being blown over, or that it will be your new favorite movie over time or something like that. I did not think it was scary at all, nor can I really see that there are many viewers out there who see what is frightened of it. Give it a shot if you’re curious about it and think you might be up for it, but make sure to keep your expectations in check and you might enjoy it a little more than I did.

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