FEATURES: Greta and the frightening reality of having stalkers
April 9, 2019 Victoria Luz
There’s nothing scarier than the fact that stalkers exist and somehow, somewhere, there’s a Greta lurking behind the shadows. Here’s our Greta movie review!
Neil Jordan’s ‘Greta’ takes us to a modern-day tale of stalkers but this time, it ain’t just about unrequited love. Emerging her critically-acclaimed performance in the award-winning film, ‘Elle’, Isabelle Huppert brings life to Greta, a twisted villain so real. Not just as a stalker and a stranger but also as a mother with gruesome thinking. And with Chloë Grace Moretz rivets the whole audience how we can be gullible with such advances, especially when you’re grieving or longing for a certain type of love.
Thanks to Viewer’s Choice Philippines for giving us the chance to watch ‘Greta’ on its premiere night at SM Megamall!
Slow build-up but keeps you on your toes
The film follows the story of Frances McCullen (Chloë Grace Moretz), recent college graduate taking a break. She lives with her rich friend Erika (Maika Monroe) in a Tribeca loft in New York. Working as a waitress at a chic restaurant, it kept her busy and distracted from the death of her mother a year ago. While her father had already moved on, Frances is still stuck in the past. But when she finds a designer bag in the subway and returns it to its owner, Greta Hideg, Frances finds herself longing for a mother’s touch. Greta Hideg is a delicate old lady, living alone in a gorgeous old house while she plays Chopin and Beethoven from time to time.
Eventually, the two developed a mother-daughter-like relationship. But that’s where everything falls apart. If you’ve seen the trailer, Frances discovers numerous bags identical to the one she returned to Greta. And taped to it is a piece of paper with her name and number. And so does the others with other people’s details on it. This is when she tries to cut off Greta but Greta, like Frances is “like chewing gum, they tend to stick around”. And so does the Greta’s terrorizing unfolds.
And from the synopsis itself, you’d notice that it’s a commonly used trope for some psychological thrillers. To be honest, you can probably sense the predictability of the movie like a burglar in broad daylight. But with the build-up of the story keeps you oblivious from all the obvious hints. The thumping coming from behind the piano, Greta’s creepy smug-like smile and her telltale-stories.
Aside from that, you’ll notice how long the build-up of the story was. It was quite concerning really, how it took long before Greta showed how crazy her own crazy can get. But despite the hold up it kept you in your toes. The feeling like you’re always on the edge kept that high, that thrill surging inside of you. And it’s like you’re the one in Frances’ shoes. Frightened and waiting at how things will turn out the next time.
The thin line between reality and fiction
‘Greta’ proves the horror reality and fiction shares. We know stalkers as those people who confess their unrequited and passionate love for one person. But Greta’s different. She shows a different kind of stalker can exist. And it’s frightening how realistic it feels like. How she disrupts Frances’ daily routine in life. The way she spooks Frances and invades her personal space by just being there. By just existing at that moment. Staring at her, at the blank nothingness. Even Frances’ naiveness feels close to reality. I bet we’ve all had that moment we wished we had a different parent. Someone who you share a connection with. Who takes good care of you and treats you like the child you are. Like Greta. And you’d definitely fall for Greta’s advances. And it’s scary to meet someone who’s going Greta gaga all over you.
On a side note, the lack of protection from stalkers resonates to the society’s obliviousness. Truth to be told, some stalkers appear harmless at first. It makes them untouchable by the authorities. And when it got creepy for Frances, the police turned a blind eye. Not until Greta went batshit crazy at the restaurant. But after one night, they released her. The chance of the stalker going out for you is high. And with authorities not doing anything about it is absolute torture. Think about the sleepless nights, walking cautiously every day from work to home. Absolute torture.
Certainly, ‘Greta’ won’t go down as the best psychological thriller film about stalkers. But it will bring you that sudden fear and scare about your daily life and the people you encounter. Not everything and everyone appears like how they are supposed to. People do come and go. But for some, they tend to stick around like chewing gums. You’ll never really know.
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