In a word: Gripping
Greta exceeded our expectations, partly because the array of movie releases in these last few months have been pathetic. Never have we walked out on so many junk movies. Because the quality of the film was unexpected, Greta earns a high rating. This was definitely a well-crafted suspense film, rife with great acting and plenty of scenes that would have the audience on the edge of their seats. The story is told by Academy Award winning director, Neil Jordan.
Actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, who I never heard of before, plays in the starring role as Frances, a sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances discovers a handbag left in a subway train then goes about tracking the owner down to give it back. Not everything is as simple as it looks.
The owner of the purse is a middle-aged widow named Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Frances gives her back the purse and quickly grows closer as a friend to Greta as the two become fast friends. But there’s more to Greta than first meets the eye.
As Greta obsesses on befriending young Frances, we learn that the older woman is somewhat irrational. As Frances pulls away, the friendship evolves into scenes of fear, survival, and psychosis that glues the audience to the screen.
Interesting to note that Isabelle Huppert (playing Greta) is a well-established, middle-aged French actress who has made over 120 films since her debut in 1971, and showered with a myriad of awards, but only one nomination for an Oscar for the movie Elle, in 2016. I had never heard of her before, but I’ll watch out for all her future films.
Chloe Grace Moretz, who is only 22 years of age, is no newcomer to Hollywood, having appeared in nearly 70 films, including television movies. This movie heightens her skills as an fine actress and she will likely evolve into a major star.
Don’t be concerned about sex scenes and vulgar dialogue, not needed in this movie. But there is some innovative violence that fits the storyline.
A few implausibles (groan) emerge, but not that serious. Also, if I were the director, I think I would have adjusted the ending to a more comprehensive conclusion. But, it’s still a good suspense movie.
I give it a 8 out of 10.