This bizarre comedy sounds like Keira Knightley’s way of saying go to hell to his mainstream fan base. From the start, Knightley (as wife and mother of three, Nell, about to spend Christmas in a holly-adorned mansion with her attractive, sworn, and dysfunctional friends) performs her gorgeous signature goofball smile. But this is Richard Curtis’ territory, passing through the Twilight Zone.
In 1996 there was a brilliantly dark French film called Will It Snow For Christmas? A mother and her seven children go to bed on Christmas Eve. They never get up. We think Knightley and senior director / writer Camille Griffin absolutely love this movie.
What is gradually becoming clear in Silent Night is that a man-made environmental catastrophe has allowed poisons to be released into the atmosphere which, if inhaled, will trigger a slow death. The only protection against pain? A government sponsored suicide pill.
It is always a financial risk to disrupt public expectations. Those in the mood for cinematic eggnog may read reviews like this and decide the whole movie looks horrible. Still, if subtle noir comedies are your thing, you’ll find the first few scenes frustrating (the one-note dialogue makes even proficient performers like Lucy Punch and Sope Dirisu sound like an amateur). Silent Night has something to annoy everyone. Still, viewers willing to be patient will be rewarded.
In the film’s third act, Knightley is wonderful as a snarling, smug, and anguished Nell, while Matthew Goode (as Nell’s husband, if he’s not particularly in love, Simon anymore), is a riot on the lips. steep.
Also delicious: the three children of Griffin, who embody the offspring of Nell and Simon. Squirrel-eyed Roman Griffin Davis, so intense in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, is the eldest boy Art, who opposes his parents’ big plan for the holiday season. Twins Hardy and Gilby Griffin are just as agile as their big brother. Their comedic timing in a scene that involves a lot of fuss over a nightcap is fabulous.
Which makes it all the more annoying when their mother opts for a twisted ending that can only be described as a dream come true for climate deniers, anti-vaccines and anyone who thinks scientists and governments are working. hand in hand to cheat us all. In the final third of the film, the mischievous and cunning Griffin makes good use of what is clearly a low budget. As a director, she has enormous potential. Its highlight, however, is silent but deadly and leaves a bad smell.