Blu-ray Review: ‘The Monster’

Review by Caitlin Zeigler

Kathy (Zoe Kazan) is a divorced trainwreck of a mother, who’s constantly butting heads with her daughter, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine). Most times it is daughter taking care of mother. They finally decide to let Lizzy be with her father. On the way to drop Lizzy off, Kathy hits a wolf and crashes her car. They call for an ambulance and a tow truck. Jesse (Aaron Douglas) comes and tries to patch the car up as best he can.

Kathy and Lizzy thought the wolf jumped out of nowhere, but it was actually trying to escape something. Something that is still out there, still hungry and still ready to kill. Kathy and Lizzy will do their best to survive, but Kathy’s ultimate goal is to make sure Lizzy stays alive.

This is a good movie from studio A24. They make a lot of really good movies. It’s a drama for the most part, but it’s a really intense drama. You wonder why it took so long for Kathy to let Lizzy go to her father. You wonder why now was the breaking point for them. It leaves you wanting hope for Lizzy more than anything because no little girl should have to endure what she endures. This movie is shot well and the performances are great. The monster looks like an Alien-Godzilla hybrid that’s not fully formed, but it doesn’t take away from the movie.

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