review by Bobby Blakey
Bella Thorne is one of those actresses that made the successful transition from child actress to the adult world to much success. Love her or hate her there is no denying that she has made her own unique mark on the industry and shows no signs of slowing down. Her latest film, Girl has her teaming up with Mickey Rourke and Chad Foust who als wrote and direct the film, but does it offer up the intensity it promises or will it fail to find its vengeance?
Girl follows a young woman who returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.
I didn’t know anything about the film other than the image and Thorne starring in it so I was looking forward to what was in store. From the cover art it could be a revenge flick or even head into a more horror direction so was ready to get right to the meat of it all. The film itself was more on the vengeance side, but with a different twist to it all that was both hit and miss as a whole.
I really like Thorne in this role. She brought a tortured presence to the character that has clearly been through something and is laser focused on her decision. She brings a wide range of emotions to the part as the character and story develops that helps to make the film work way better than it might otherwise. The supporting cast are fine with Chad Faust chewing up the scenery in his on screen role. It is made all the more fun to watch knowing he is also leading the charge behind the lens.
If anyone was a bit out of place for me it was Rourke. He was fine and fully capable to carry this kind of role, but I just didn’t feel he was all in. To me he felt like he was just walking through the paces to get the job done as opposed to going all in. The story is fine and has some decent twists and although nothing overly impactful still manages to entertain.
This could have been a lot stronger with more meat and characters for Thorne’s character to deal with, but it could have also bogged it down if handled wrong. It’s a delicate balance that they chose the more simplistic approach and thanks to Thorne works way better than it might have otherwise. The film is worth it alone for her performance so give it as shot and decide for yourself.
Girl is available now on DVD from Screen Media.