Spoiler-Free Review of “Silent Night” (2021) on AMC+: Not what I was expecting…

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Tonight is all about love and forgiveness…”

Silent Night (2021) released on December 3rd 2021 on AMC+ and on demand. The horror comedy film stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Lucy Punch, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp and Sope Dirisu. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Family and friends gather together for a Christmas dinner filled with drama as we soon discover that they are all facing the end of the world the very next day.

Here is the trailer:

Silent Night (2021) has an exceptional cast and an entertaining formula, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exceptional cast.

The best part of the movie by far is the cast. Everyone brings something to the table even though there weren’t too many stand-out characters. I still thought that the performances were excellent and the dynamic between the family worked for the most part.

Starts off with a lot of potential.

I actually really enjoyed the beginning of this film. The interactions were humorous and I thought the concept was a good one. I was hoping to get a Ready or Not vibe, but things took a drastic turn…

The Cons:

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Slow pacing…

After the strong start, the pacing went downhill. This movie really dragged and I felt like I was watching it for way longer than 90 minutes. I think the movie should have kept the humor going and it did make an effort, but a lot of it didn’t land for me unfortunately.

Morbid and depressing.

This movie is supposed to be a black comedy and I thought it was so dreary and dismal. The timing of this film during the pandemic also was problematic for me and although it was shot prior to it, I couldn’t help making some comparisons, especially with all of the talk about the government and politics…

There is a major twist at the end of the film that will certainly get people talking, but I almost would have preferred a different kind of a twist entirely. 

So am I in or out?

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Unfortunately I’m out on this one…

While I’m sure some people may find this movie brilliant, I was not a fan. I thought it had so much potential and an excellent cast, but it failed to execute something truly worth watching and I think that the trailer was really misleading.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Silent Night (2021) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Kevin Can F… Himself” on AMC: Killer Concept

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“I’ve been thinking…”

Kevin Can F Himself premiered on AMC on June 20th 2021 with the first two episodes. The remaining six episodes will air weekly and you can watch them earlier on AMC+. Each episode runs for approximately 42 minutes. The dark comedy show stars Annie Murphy, Eric Petersen, Mary Hollis Inboden and Raymond Lee.

The series mixes genres as it follows a traditional sitcom routine while balancing in some drama and dark comedy. Allison lives in Worcester, Mass. and is married to a complete idiot named Kevin. She starts to break out of her typical housewife role to determine what she really wants for herself…and it may include murdering her husband.

Here is the trailer:

Kevin Can F*** Himself has an amazing and unique premise that allows sitcom wives a chance at redemption, but does the execution of this killer idea fall flat? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Allison and Patty rule!

I would expect the women on this show to kick ass and they do so. Annie Murphy is perfection and I am really intrigued by the character of Patty. I think the dynamic between them just works and I really enjoy seeing them on screen together. Even without a lot of set-up, you just automatically root for them and that’s part of what this show is about.

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The darker parts of the show are pure magic.

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get with this show. This isn’t the type of show I would normally watch, but I was really intrigued by the trailers and I like Annie Murphy. I think she is a terrific actress. The show is partially a response to the Kevin James sitcom series, Kevin Can Wait, when they decided to kill off the wife without ever properly addressing it on the series.

I haven’t watch that show, but now I kind of want to go back to it and see what actually happened there. This isn’t the first time that a female character has been killed off without any real explanation and I think it’s about time the women have their revenge. The show is layered with several genres, but it works differently than WandaVision, which I absolutely loved!

In WandaVision, I fell in love with the sitcom nostalgia and enjoyed every part of the show, but on Kevin Can F Himself, the sitcom parts are actually really hard to sit through and I think that’s part of the point.

The comedy falls flat and Allison is forced to undergo this living hell…and so are we. It makes her character more sympathetic and when we get into the darker parts, they just work. I loved seeing her research at the library and the ending minutes of the pilot episode were pure perfection for me.

The Cons:

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The execution is wavering.

The supporting characters are forgettable and annoying and I found myself wanting more of the darker drama rather than the balance between this and the traditional sitcom. I get the point of it, but this is such a unique premise and I don’t want it to be over-complicated. Sometimes less is more.

The pacing also needs some work. I thought that the opening episode was stronger than the second one, but this show dragged a lot and it needs to pick up the pace so it doesn’t lose its audience because this show deserves a watch.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I am actually really intrigued by this show and I think that Annie Murphy is putting forth a valiant effort here. The show is creating a necessary dialogue and it’s hard not to root for her. I think that the show needs to find its identity and not lose itself within the magic of the idea. It needs to deliver and I’m hoping that we get there in the next episodes.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Kevin Can F Himself in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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