College and the stress that COVID-19 has brought upon the film industry has made it difficult to watch and review many movies for several months. Now that I have more free time I was finally able to check out The Hunt. It was released in the U.S. on March 13, 2020, and starred Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, and Ike Barinholtz. Several of these people weren’t truly featured in the movie, as they were almost teased as the lead character for the first 15 minutes of the film.
The best thing about this movie was it’s ability to make jokes about our current nation. While this outraged some before the film was even released, I didn’t see the huge problem with it. The public was quick to judge the movie several months before it was even going to be released and I don’t think that it is ever fair to judge a movie before you actually see it. The film wasn’t liberal or conservative; it made jokes and bold statements that went in both directions. I found most of the jokes funny and wasn’t offended by them like some because the film didn’t lean one way or the other. The other great thing about this movie was the lead actress, Betty Gilpin. I haven’t really seen much of her other movies before; however, I thought that she did a terrific job. The first portion of the film teased the audience as to who the main character was going to be, so I wasn’t originally expecting it to be her. I also found the action and the length of the film to be perfect as I never felt bored and there was really nothing else that they needed to add to the film.
While I did enjoy the jokes in this movie and found it very funny at times, it did take things too far several times. There are scenes that should have felt more tense or action-packed; however, a character decided to make a joke instead, which somewhat ruined the scene. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, but it was something that could’ve been toned down. I also didn’t really buy the reason as to why Hilary Swank’s character wanted to kill these people for fun. This was also something that didn’t bother me too much, but could have definitely be done better. It just seemed too outrageously silly and goofy, but then again, this whole movie is particularly comedy-based over the action and horror aspects.
In the end, I never understood the outrage that arose from this movie. It is important not to judge a film before you see it because that isn’t fair to it’s creators. I found the film to be very enjoyable and I am glad that I went into it unbiased and willing to give it a chance.
Rating- 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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