The other night while I was shaking trees in Animal Crossing, I was listening to a podcast talking about the best horror movies of the year so far. I’m a simple gal with a little more time on my hands than usual, so my ears perked up when they mentioned a film about a couple of kids being stuck in a lodge with dad’s new girlfriend. I was intrigued. Without looking into it anymore, I opened up Netflix and watched The Lodge. The results were…okay?
Within the first 10 minutes of watching, I was enthralled. The acting, particularly from the daughter, was haunting. There is a scene towards the beginning of the movie where the daughter, Mia (played by Lia McHugh), had so much emotion that I couldn’t help but cry along with her. She has a role in the upcoming Marvel movie The Eternals, and I couldn’t be more interested to see where her career ends up. The other stand out performance is from Riley Keough, who plays the soon-to-be step-mom, and has a very troubled past. She is also in It Comes at Night, which is probably part of the reason I really like her. He character in this movie just had so many layers, and she did a great job of making you believe that this woman really is unraveling.
Another part of this film that makes it so immersive is it’s setting. The home used for the lodge itself has such an interesting look to it with some unique architecture that makes for a really creepy atmosphere. It is also on a secluded lake in the middle of blizzard, which doesn’t hurt the creepy factor either. The atmosphere really ends up playing just as much of a character as anyone.
So the acting and scenery are great, but what about the story? Well it really ends up being a little blah. Without spoiling anything, there is a “twist” that I think the writers think is much more clever than it comes off. It is predicable and a little disappointing. As a viewer, I spent so much time getting excited to see how everything will play out, only to be left feeling like “oh. that really is it.”. The journey to that ending is still entertaining enough, but it just feels like the payoff in the end could have been more creative.
I would still totally recommend this movie to anyone that has some cabin fever, and wants to watch some other characters go through something similar, but a lot worse. It’s bonus that The Lodge is right on Netflix (in the US, unsure about other countries), which makes it an easy watch.