The Humans review
I will fight the urge to comment on the passage of time and how quickly it passes through our splayed fingers. Instead let's focus on a brand new month of hopeful film picks. We've decided to go for a Free For All to tick off some of the titles on our watchlists - and also neither of us were feeling particularly inspired when it came to choosing a theme.
The Humans (2021)
Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.
*Spoilers*Erik Blake (Richard Jenkins) and his family - wife Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell), daughter Aimee (Amy Schumer) and mother Momo (June Squibb) - are visiting his other daughter at the crumbling apartment she shares with her boyfriend in Manhattan. It's Thanksgiving, so naturally emotions are already running high. Daughter Brigid (Beanie Feldstein) is desperate for her family to love her boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun) and accept their decision to live in the city, leaving the Blakes behind in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, there are secrets bumbling underneath the surface and honestly, when and where else are they likely to come bursting forth?
Aimee has just broken up with a girlfriend and is heartbroken, whilst also wrestling with a serious health quandary. Deirdre has fallen off the Weight Watchers wagon and sends bizarre emails to her daughters of a religious nature which they blatantly ignore. Momo is rarely with it, suffering from severe dementia and terrifying moments of mental torment, which are hard for her family to deal with.
– Genres: Drama
– IMDb user rating: 6.2
– My score: 4/5
– Runtime: 108 mins
What does my wife think of The Humans? Find out here, obvs.
*Maannn, I hate this term.