With so many movies on offer at the London Film Festival, it is not easy to plough through all the full-length reviews available. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered; these quick read reviews offer a summary of our thoughts alongside our star rating. This edition features The Intruder, Wildfire and Bad Tales.
The Intruder (2020)
The opening thirty minutes of The Intruder surrounds us with a level of paranoia and tension echoing Hitchcock at his best. However, this soon becomes convoluted and obscure, as the atmosphere is lost in an ocean of competing themes. That does not mean The Intruder is not fascinating, complex and beguiling in construct. In fact, despite its flaws, it remains compelling viewing throughout. Its narrative arc, bouncing from taut thriller to quasi-supernatural horror. But, unfortunately, the resulting film fades quickly in the memory. Its longevity, not even assured by the outstanding performances of both Erica Rivas and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. Ultimately, for those willing to stick with its bewildering style and vision, The Intruder provides an enjoyable if confusing and frustrating journey.
Director: Natalia Meta
Director: Cathy Brady
Bad Tales (2020)