Movie Review - Honeymoon

Movie Review - Honeymoon

Leigh Janiak's 2014 feature film debut, Honeymoon, is wonderfully creepy and extremely well made. And to her credit as a director, the strength of the film lies in her execution of the material, and not in the material itself. She builds the tension masterfully throughout the first two-thirds of the film, but I found the final act's sharp turn slightly disappointing. It's still an impressive outing for a first time director, and contains some incredibly chilling and deeply disturbing moments. I would still recommend this film, because whether you love or hate the polarizing ending, the journey to get there is definitely worth the ride. 

Newly married Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) set off to a remote cabin in a secluded forest for a quaint honeymoon where they can be completely alone together. One night the couple are awakened by noises outside, but when Paul returns from investigating Bea is gone. He finally finds her standing naked and disoriented in the middle of the woods, but with no idea how or why she is out there. After the incident, Bea seems different. She seems distant and unfocused, unable to complete normal household tasks, like making coffee. But when Paul inquires, she denies that anything is wrong. Paul first begins to suspect that his wife disappearing into the woods has something to do with an old boyfriend that the couple run into at a restaurant in a nearby town, but soon becomes convinced that something even more sinister may be to blame. 

Impeccable performances from the films stars, Rose Leslie and Paul Treadaway, anchor the film in reality even when their reality is turned upside down. Rose Leslie is ridiculously charming in the beginning, and eerily unsettling after her disappearance. And Paul Treadaway perfectly mirrors our fears, suspicions and confusion as Bea slowly unravels. Their onscreen chemistry is the glue that holds this film together. All in all, this is a film worthy of your time. I applaud the film makers vision, and aside from some differences I had with the direction the movie took toward the end, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The ending of the film will certainly divide viewers, some will enjoy it, while it will be lost on others. But the work of the director and cast deserves to be seen. The movie is currently available on iTunes and VOD, I suggest you give it a chance.  Cheers. 

Grade: B-

-Leo Francis