I saw Scream 4 this week, and I am only a little afraid to admit it. Having only seen the first Scream movie, I was drawn to this film partially because there is NOTHING out right now (Hop or Thor–no thank you) but partially because of the pretty stellar young cast they put together. I mean, you’ve got Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Hayden Panettiere, Alison Brie, Shenae Grimes, Kristen Bell, Adam Brody and Anna Paquin.
Unfortunately, fresh faces did not make for a fresh film. The jokes seemed old, and recycled. The whole film is hinged on the self-awareness, and self-awareness of that self-awareness. The word ‘meta’ was actually uttered in the movie a total of 4 times. Which is funny, I mean the opening sequence worked great, it was fun, campy and over the top. But an hour into the film, the formula grows tired fast. I was sighing and looking at my watch by the top of the second act.
I think a big reason the film loses steam so quickly is that the kills are so boring. Each one happens in the same way (with a knife) and it happens quickly. I wasn’t sad, or happy, to see any of the teenagers go, and that was a real problem as about 60% of the movie is kids dying.
The poster reads “New Decade. New Rules.” But this isn’t true at all, the “new rules” are no rules. Virgins can die, gay kids can die, etc. Everyone it seems, except the original, aging cast. Which is a shame because I was really hoping Neve Campbell would be put out of her squinting misery by the end of the thing. Anyway, the lack of rules made things really boring, there was no structure, and no fun playfulness.
Kudos should be given to Alison Brie for being delightfully bitchy, and by far the most fun person to watch in the whole movie, if only they’d let her share the screen with Courtney Cox it could have been explosive. Alas, she was taken from us too soon.
Finally, there was that whole business with the end of the movie. I’m not going to spoil it here, but I will say, it was trying SO hard to be current and just fell all around flat.