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Review: Bodies Bodies Bodies. The worst of Gen Z exposed.

  • Release year: 2022
  • Director: Halina Reijn.
  • Producers: Ali Herting and David Hinojosa.
  • Screenplay by: Sarah DeLappe.
  • Cinematographer: Jasper Wolf.
  • Music by: Disasterpiece.

Synopsis: a group of friends gets together during a hurricane to party.

Shotgun Commentary: Bodies Bodies Bodies is the Gen Z version of The Mist (2007), only hilarious and with a lot more drugs.

Bee (Maria Bakalova), Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) and Emma (Chase Sui Wonders). Source: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Halina Reijn, 2024).

Review

Bodies Bodies Bodies follows a group of people in their twenties who get together to party during a hurricane. The event takes place at the huge house of one of them. In this mansion, the alcohol and the drugs run free, fogging the already scarce reasoning of the attendants. The group dynamics are quite toxic and mostly based on hypocrisy. As a result, when tragedy strikes, their friendship crumbles.

Ugly truths

This film examines group dynamics in Gen Z friendships from a very cynic, but realistic, point of view. Themes like prejudice, entitlement and the inability to own up are the main catalysts for the narrative.

This generation is under a lot of societal pressure to be “woke”. They must be special, but not weird; kind, but sassy; funny, but interesting… The list goes on indefinitely. There will always be someone who doesn’t like you and, due to the voluntary exposure of people on social media, that person will hate on your content. They don’t even have to know you. If you remind them of what they don’t have, or a person they don’t like, they will be cruel to you. This risk makes people who have grown up with social media try harder than anyone to reach an impossible ideal, which makes them lose themselves along the way.

Bee (Maria Bakalova) and Sophie (Amandla Stenberg).
Source: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Halina Reijn, 2024).

The Gen Z is incapable of owning up to their own mistakes and, in Bodies Bodies Bodies, this goes to hysterical extremes. They feel entitled to things that don’t make sense and try to make excuses for what is, plain and simple, criminal behaviour due to mass hysteria.

They even use the clutch of mental health as a way to gain protagonism when the situation stops being about them, which is a very common practice. While the concept of mental health is no longer as taboo as it used to be, people still divide illnesses into “pretty” and “weird”. Horrible as it may sound, it is an ugly truth that had to be put out there at some point. This movie does so effortlessly and in a surprisingly easygoing way, which is masterful.

The tragic joke

As for social media, the idea that young people are completely useless in a crisis unless they have a TikTok that explains to them what to do is so true that it’s scary. The whole idea behind this feature is based on this concept and, as it happened with the mental health theme, it is so satisfying to see a film where this is highlighted. It might not make any societal changes, but at least we can all laugh at the stupidity that is slowly plaguing our race.

Alice (Rachel Sennott). Source: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Halina Reijn, 2024).

When taking into consideration all the themes it brings up, one can’t help but wonder how easily Bodies Bodies Bodies could have turned into a drama. The limitless stupidity that the characters are capable of is extremely amusing and sad at the same time. However, it is due to incredibly talented writing and diligent directing that a story with the ability to provoke the frustration levels of The Mist (2008), is instead one of the best horror comedies of 2022.

Perfect casting

One of the most attractive features of the movie is, without a doubt, the DRAMA. Who doesn’t like to watch drama unfold? Especially between “friends”. There is something hypnotising about watching dramatic betrayals and lies when none of it has anything to do with you. From your very safe position, you can bask in the spectacle of it all. Of course, none of it would be possible without the great cast that gives life to the group of friends. Amongst these artists, there is Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova and…Lee Pace?! Yeah, you read me right, Ronan the Accuser, Thranduil himself, is in this chaos.

You might be thinking, isn’t Lee Pace a bit old to be playing a Gen Z? The answer is yes, and he doesn’t. And in case you are wondering, his role is magnificently cringe, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. As for Davidson, he plays the same junkie asshole role that he always plays in every movie. He does great, just…nothing really original for him.

Greg (Lee Pace) and Max (Pete Davidson).
Source: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Halina Reijn, 2024).

Nevertheless, the main stars are the girls, specially Sophie (Amandla Stenberg), Bee (Maria Bakalova), Jordan (Myha’la) and Alice (Rachel Sennott). Each of them portrays a contradictory but very accurate and common type of personality between young women. If you are strong enough, you will see the worst of yourself reflected in some of them. Of course amplified to an insane extent, but still relatable enough to go “wait a minute, that is not a good look, I should quit that”. Their acting talent is the cherry on top of yet another amazing horror masterpiece with accurate female representation that paints a very hopeful future for the genre.

Advice to take from this movie:

  • In a crisis, always try to de-escalate, panic never helped anyone.
  • If your friends are acting complete stupid, a good slap might help with the shock. But hide the weapons just in case.
  • Regardless of how you are feeling, drugs and alcohol NEVER help make decisions.
Bee (Maria Bakalova), Sophie (Amandla Stenberg), Jordan (Myha’la) and Alice (Rachel Sennott). Source: Bodies Bodies Bodies (Halina Reijn, 2024).

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