Medusa Deluxe Evaluation: Homicide Thriller at Aggressive Hairstyling Occasion

Implausible Fest: An arresting and visually beautiful achievement, “Medusa Deluxe” breaks the framework on storytelling.

Elaborate braids, teased curls, and brightly coloured dye all combine collectively by the hands of gifted hairstylists prepping their fashions for an annual hair competitors. Just like the attractive intricacies of hair styling, author/director Thomas Hardiman weaves by way of an intriguing homicide thriller with the viewers at his mercy. An arresting and visually beautiful achievement, “Medusa Deluxe” breaks the framework on storytelling and sheds the pores and skin of a subculture within the course of.

Assured and completed Cleve (powerfully performed by Clare Perkins) is making an attempt to model the baroque Georgian Fontange on her mannequin as she speculates concerning the horrific occasions of the night together with her non secular rival Divine (Kayla Meikle). A stylist named Mosca has been discovered lifeless and scalped on the premises. Confused, terrified, and suspicious, the group of stylists and their fashions on the competitors intimately talk about who the killer might be and if the competitors is rigged as they wait to be interviewed by the police.

Hardiman creates a forged of characters with a daring imaginative and prescient. A rival stylist named Rene (Darrell D’Silva) is the one to ship the information of Mosca’s passing to his distraught husband Angel (Luke Pasqualino) whereas the fashions and stylists develop more and more suspicious of an odd safety guard by the identify of Gac (Heider Ali).

Whereas every actor delivers a robust efficiency with a seeming quantity of ease, the minimal time spent with each ends in a scarcity of emotional connection and depth. Regardless of one in all their colleagues dying, there’s not a robust sufficient pull for the viewers to develop into emotionally invested to essentially care. Nevertheless, wanting on the group collectively, the movie makes an attempt to research what occurs on a single night time inside knowledgeable group that’s damaged and makes an attempt to return collectively once more after a tragedy.

“Medusa Deluxe” primarily excels with its technical supply and aesthetic. Gossip is unfold from room to room of the competitors enviornment by the digicam following behind characters by way of winding corridors and stairways. Hardiman shoots every character up shut in a 4:3 side ratio, and the regular cam actions from Jake Whitehouse are spectacular. Fouad Gaber’s smooth enhancing permits audiences to easily glide together with the characters because the story of Mosca’s demise begins to unravel.

“Medusa Deluxe”

Gaber can be in a position to experimentally edit a time leap in a fashion that melts on digicam, virtually tricking audiences due to its effectivity. Watching the digicam work on this movie is a marvel in and of itself. One single shot sequence lasts over forty minutes lengthy and speaks to the sort of intricate cadence the movie possesses. Cinematographer Robbie Ryan additionally fantastically balances the darkish and gritty nature of a aggressive subculture with the colourful manufacturing design from Gary Williamson. Each technical artwork type is on full show and deserves ample reward.

Hardiman visually pushes the construction of storytelling identical to its famend hair stylist on-set, Eugene Souleiman, pushes the bounds with hairdressing. Souleiman’s creations dazzle and the hairstyles that every mannequin dons seem lifted proper out of a shiny high-fashion journal. He is ready to play with gentle, construction, texture, and size that completely compliments Hardiman’s taking pictures and writing model.

“Medusa Deluxe” is a flamboyant and alluring movie that leaves audiences guessing till the very finish about not solely who dedicated the heinous crime however how precisely Hardiman was in a position to pull off such a visually pleasant characteristic debut.

Grade: B-

“Medusa Deluxe” premiered on the 2022 Implausible Fest. It’s at the moment in search of U.S. distribution.

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