Today, Monovlogs will be talking about an infamous movie: Hick. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Eddie Redmayne (two of my most beloved actors) and directed by Derick Martini, Hick received one star on Rotten Tomatoes. Hick is a term used to describe a hillbilly, or a southerner. The plot is about a young girl, Luli, who decides to run away to Vegas. However, things come up and she experiences occurrences a little closer to reality than what she had imagined.
In one of the very first scenes, Luli is holding her father’s gun in front of a mirror while fantasizing about being in a situation where she’d shoot someone. The whole idea is all very glamorous and action packed. Ironically, one of the last scene is her actually living out that scenario, where she is forced to shoot somebody dead. Of course, what actually happened was a lot less badass than what she had imagined. Luli had gotten exactly what she had wished for in the beginning of the film, but reality shattered her expectations of what this might feel like.
The idea of the storyline leans more towards fantasy and a lighthearted cliché, but the effect that follow leaves the audience in shock. People aren’t necessarily supportive of the film. Many would agree that the plot goes no where. I, on the other hand, developed a strange appreciation to the shock factor of the plot line and the symbolism of the film. If you take some time to analyze a piece for symbolism and try to figure out that the director was trying to interpret through the many aspects of the film that he has control of, you might grow to fall in love with a lot of films you usually wouldn’t be that psyched about. I love realistic films- the director did a good job of punching his audience in the face with how life actually is. However, my bias with the actors may have been the reason of my shift in opinions.
In other words, I’m in love with Eddie Redmayne and his creep character made me fall in love with the film in a sick kind if way. Sorry guys.
As for the acting in the film, no one can complain. Chloe Grace Moretz has been one of the best actresses of her age, constantly challenging herself with different character with different objectives. Her character as Hit Girl in Kick Ass is completely different from her role of Carrie. She is anything but a one noted actress, and portraying various types of roles and actually playing her age. Chloe Grace Moretz is the only 16 year old that I have seen playing a 16 year old in a movie (this is me throwing shade at the entire cast of Grease).
This was the first film I had seen Eddie Redmayne act in, and can honestly say that it was love at first sight. I loved the decisions that were made to the plot, though a lot of people wouldn’t appreciate the shock factor of it all.
Many people didn’t approve of the fact that there was an uncomfortable relationship Chloe and Eddie, since the age gap was so evident. I really appreciated how it was so close to the more ugly, unappealing side of reality which gave the film a more realistic vibe to it. The age gap is uncomfortable to watch, but it’s better than a cliché. It is a strong director choice and it definitely shook up a lot of controversy- props to the director for having made such a bold decision. The idea brought up in Hick has some correlation to the film, Rebecca, a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In Rebecca, the relationship between the main character and the maid had hinted the possibility of a lesbian affair. At the time, the film had sparked a good amount of controversy. Hitchcock had made a powerful film which represented the ideas of feminism at that day and age. A good film has strong beliefs and powerful symbolism tied to it.
I would say that Hick has strong symbolism if a cold grip of reality, and that makes the film meaningful. Not everyone will interpret it the same way I do, but that’s the beauty behind the film. If any of you guys are interested in viewing Hick, I wouldn’t discourage anyone who wants to check it out. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll all be encouraged to take a look at Hick and form your own opinions to it. I’d love to hear your interpretations of the film!