Greta | Chicago Reader

Greta

After a six-year hiatus from feature filmmaking, Neil Jordan returns with a visually splendid, though thematically thin, New York-set thriller. A well-to-do recent college graduate (Chloë Grace Moretz) mourning the loss of her mother befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), only to find out that the woman is a psychopath obsessed with terrorizing young strangers. The opening passages, which detail the characters bonding over their mutual loneliness, are intriguing and sensitively realized: Jordan succeeds at making New York seem unusually small (foreshadowing the frightening depictions of confinement that occur later on), and the two leads are highly sympathetic. But once the older woman reveals her true nature, the film becomes a relatively conventional stalker tale, and the psychological insights of the first act seem for naught. Even then the film doesn’t lack for fun visuals—I just wished there were a better script to go with them. With Maika Monroe and Jordan’s perennial favorite actor, Stephen Rea.

Credits

Director:

  • Neil Jordan

Cast:

  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Maika Monroe
  • Colm Feore
  • Stephen Rea

Writers:

  • Neil Jordan
  • Ray Wright

Producers:

  • Brian Kornreich
  • Bruce Toll
  • Dylan Tarason
  • Hao Tang
  • Hong Chen
  • James Flynn
  • John Penotti
  • Karen Richards
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Mei Han
  • Neil Jordan
  • Paula Devonshire
  • Peter Luo
  • Peter Pastorelli
  • Richard D. Lewis
  • Sidney Kimmel
  • Yan Xu
  • Zhe Zhou

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