‘Greta’ shows more depression than scare

March 15, 2019 GMT

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on the film “Greta,” which is rated R and currently playing in theaters.

A good deed turns into a nightmare for a young woman living in New York City in the film “Greta.”

Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Frances, who finds a handbag on the subway and returns it to an older woman named Greta (Isabelle Huppert).

Frances, who is new to the Big Apple, has experienced the loss of her mother and decides to befriend Greta, who seems lonely. Frances helps Greta adopt a dog. Then, she begins to spend time with Greta.

Eventually, Frances finds out that Greta has made a habit of leaving purses for people to find and begins


to fear that her new friend may be more dangerous than she appears.

This film builds up slowly to the moment where Frances realizes she may be in danger. Then, the movie shows us Greta getting more and more upset that Frances no longer wants to be part of her life. Frances tries to get help from the authorities, but at that point there is nothing they can do to stop Greta from standing across the street staring into the window of the place of business where Frances works.

Things keep getting more and more out of control and the situation eventually presented in “Greta” is certainly horrifying, but I found the movie to be depressing and sad instead of scary. Just when I felt resigned to knowing how the movie might conclude, there is a surprise that helped me enjoy the ending of the film a little bit better.

I had no problem with the acting performances in the film, whose cast also includes Maika Monroe, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore. Usually, my thought about a film is if I like it, then I could view it again, but I don’t think I would want to watch “Greta” a second time.

John Gllllsple Is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.