You Should Have Left – Movie Review

published on July 2, 2020

you should have left was written and

directed by David Koepp and stars Kevin

Bacon and is about a man and his family

they go to a secluded house in Wales

he's had a difficult past there's a

crime that some people believe he

committed but he has always maintained

his innocence and while they're at this

house strange things start to happen

writing appears in his notebook that

he's positive he didn't write hallways

seemed to stretch on endlessly and a

mystery develops about the house that he

tries to solve I was really looking

forward to this movie I'm a fan of David

Koepp I like a lot of his films that he

has written and some that he's directed

as far as directing goes stir of echoes

which also stars Kevin Bacon is really

good I like secret window a lot and as

far as writing goes spider-man panic

room Jurassic Park I've really enjoyed a

lot of his screenplays some of them are

not as good though Indiana Jones and the

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being a

prime example you should have left as a

plum house production and in some ways

it follows all of the rules that Blum

House looks for a scare every 10 minutes

or so secluded location limited cast

certain things that Blum house always

wants this movie fits into those

guidelines very well but at the same

time it doesn't and I'll get into that

this was a vastly disappointing film for

me in a way I approach the movie almost

like it was a mash-up between secret

window and stir of echoes to kept films

the IMDB synopsis still as I sit here

recording this review describes this

movie as a screenwriter who's going to a

secluded place to finish a film that

he's writing and then crazy shit happens

and I thought to myself well that's

basically a secret window except in

secret window Johnny Depp plays a

novelist at a secluded location kind of

losing his mind and it's got the same

team from stir of echoes so it's

basically secret window and stir of

echoes combined this movie's gonna be

awesome unfortunately this film is

nothing like those movies not just in

quality but in story he's definitely not

a screenwriter I don't know why that's

still on IMDB the original book this

film was based off is about a

screenwriter and that synopsis seems to

be written from the book synopsis not

the actual film as

Forrest Kevin Bacon's character he's

basically a nobody

he's defined entirely by an event in his

past we know so little about basically

described to us by his wife as they

talked to their young daughter she

learns about it for the first time and

she figures out her father's history and

it's this moment that's supposed to sort

of develop the story but it does very

little for us it's a movie filled with

non characters Amanda Seyfried Seyfried

I never get her name right she is also

an on character she plays an actress and

that's really it she has no history she

has very little development she's

basically there as a device to get Kevin

Bacon alone in the house sometimes

technically this is a haunted house

movie but the entire thing is shot in

one of the most unscary looking houses

I've seen in film recently this is a

super modern sleek fucking la looking

design if I've ever seen one it's

extremely well lit too there's light

everywhere you expect darkness in a

haunted house movie or a horror film or

just a plain old scary movie which this

is trying to be there's a sequence early

on where he's going around the house

turning off all the lights figuring out

where all the light switches are and

even as he turns them off there's still

too much light I was never scared once

during the 93 minutes of this movie in

fact it takes an hour literally one hour

before they start to discover a mystery

about the house they start measuring the

walls on the inside and the outside and

they discover that inside there's more

room than on the outside how does that

happen and I was like okay that's kind

of fucking interesting if only that

didn't happen an hour into the movie and

maybe like 20 or 25 minutes and we're at

the end of the second act start of the

third and we're just now discovering

some things about this house for that

first hour every single scare is built

around a dream sequence the film opens

with a double dream sequence someone

wakes up and then someone wakes up again

and I instantly was like oh boy

so since in the original book the main

character was a screenwriter I can only

assume that kept decided to scrap that

because he already made secret window

which was about a novelist kind of

losing his mind in a secluded space so

I'm assuming he was like I don't want to

repeat myself so I'll scrap that instead

we get nobody I have no idea

who Kevin Bacon is in this movie or what

he does or what he wants to do what his

dreams and hopes are I have I have no

idea since his wife is an actress I

guess the assumption is is that she

makes the money and he stays at home

okay we're in 2020 I understand that

happens but for a main character in a

movie to have no goals no thoughts no

aspirations he doesn't seem to want to

do anything except go on a vacation it's

a really boring character eventually the

film does find an emotional core of some

kind and it starts to feel more like a

drama and less like a horror and it

feels like kept couldn't really land on

either one while making them it's great

to have drama in horror and all great

horror does but when your film seems

largely about a drama and a family

dispute of domestic dispute of some kind

that's not gonna work for a scary movie

it eventually becomes less about you

should have left this haunted house and

more of you should leave your haunted

marriage and that's interesting but it's

too little too late and I didn't care

about these characters before and you're

not gonna magically get me to care about

them now there's also tons of unanswered

questions in the movie and it seems to

fall back on what 1408 fall back on

which was we're in a crazy fucked up

location and anything can happen right

that works in 1408 there was such a

great setup between samuel ljackson and

John Cusack in that movie and it was

also just a really fucking good movie

with a great character that I understood

and I cared about whereas in this movie

so many things happen like a long

walking sequence with animal growls

coming out of the woods and you you

never really learned what that was all

about I guess we're just supposed to

assume it was animals and this long

walking sequence ends up in a location

and you're like okay I saw that coming a

mile away and that felt very 1408 as

well those unexplained notes in his book

one of them is explained sort of the

there isn't and even in their attempt to

explain it it doesn't really make sense

for why it happened when you start to

really think about it it throws in this

unnecessary sci-fi element to it that

just makes the whole thing feel really

convoluted and it's super undercooked

you never really learn anything about it

it's just this quick moment that seems

almost like it was just a throwaway

thing all of a sudden the film is

basically a mashup a 1408 secret window

and stir of echoes all films I like but

it's just spare parts there's none of

the ingenuity of their previous

collaboration and it's also filled with

entry-level scares for a horror movie

shadows passing in front of the lens

what is this place oh it was worth my 20

bucks for fuck's sake slamming doors

dream sequences it feels like kept

hasn't had to impress a studio since the

early 90s it seems like once he got

Jurassic Park made it was like okay I'm

good I don't have to impress anyone ever

again but he still made good films into

the mid-2000s

his last film he directed Mordecai and

now this I feel like he hasn't really

had to work to get a script made in

years and I could be wrong but if this

were a spec script from an unknown

writer it would get fucking shredded and

never passed on to anyone if you emailed

this script to an executive or to an

agent they wouldn't even respond to you

they would just throw it in a pile holy

shit this movie actually kind of pissed

me off a little bit

I'm gonna give you should have left

Addie Blum house has got to realize they

are only as good as those prestige

filmmakers that they work with and that

they just let do their thing like Leigh

Whannell you know I mean Leigh Whannell

is super talented The Invisible Man

upgrade insidious saw that's real talent

but when you have movies like Fantasy

Island and this truth or dare and all

these shitty black Christmas like you're

they're only as good as the people that

work with them unfortunately you got to

try harder bloom house

love you but you gotta try harder guys

thank you so much as always for watching

look forward to more reviews very soon

Wow

I guess if you get me really excited for

a movie that has like all the

ingredients and then I watch it and I

think I know 10 people who could have

done that better and would have taken

25% of the pay that that kept probably

took it just gets under my skin guys

thank you so much as always for watching

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