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review by Bobby Blakey

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Outside of his awesome take on the Winter Soldier in the MCU Sebastian Stan has taken on some fun roles. His latest film Fresh from director Mimi Cave co-stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jojo T. Gibbs, Dayo Okeniyi, and Andrea Bang. Could this crazy premise deliver or will it fail to serve up a good course?

Fresh follows Noa, who meets the alluring Steve at a grocery store and – given her frustration with dating apps – takes a chance and gives him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steven’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway, only to find her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites.

This is a strange film in tone and overall execution in the best way possible. I don’t mean it looks weird it just has a constant unsettling bizarre tone that is why it works so well. The film plays up as part romantic comedy and part horror with it all fusing together trying to create the fun violent insanity that it is.

Stan is great in the role bringing a fun energy throughout as someone you can’t help but like, but also totally creeped out by. It’s Daisy Edgar-Jones that carries the real heft to the film bringing the awkward persona and emotional struggles. She really does a great job and although makes plenty of extremely bad decisions you still feel for her.

The film isn’t overly gory with the exception of the final act, but there are plenty of elements that will no doubt please the gore hounds out there. I went into this film with an expectation and it was nothing what I thought which was a good thing. This was a surprise fun strange film that I hope gets the focus it deserves.

Check out Fresh streaming now on Hulu.

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