Movie Review: Polaroid (2019)

Synopsis: Shy high schooler Bird Fitcher enjoys photography and is thrilled when one of her friends gives her a vintage Polaroid camera he purchased at a yard sale. However, when the people begin to die shortly after she takes their photo, she begins to suspect there is something evil attached to the device and has to work quickly to stop it before it kills her and her friends.

Who's in it? The movie stars Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Keenan Tracey and Priscilla Quintana.


Review: I haven't had much luck picking horror movies lately so, when I picked out this one Friday evening, I definitely had some doubts about it, especially since it only had a PG-13 rating. However, as it turns out, it was actually quite a bit better than I was expecting it to be.

I'm not saying this movie was perfect. I thought the characters were a bit one-dimensional and, for a high school "loner," Bird (Prescott) seemed to have an awful lot of friends. Plus, I'm pretty sure I've seen another film with a very similar plot (though, for the life of me, I can't remember what that movie was). But, the film did have a lot of positive things going for it.

I think the thing that really impressed me about this movie was it wasn't quite as predictable as I was expecting it to be. The film does a fairly decent job of creating multiple narratives about the camera's tragic history so the real story about the evil spirit's motives isn't as clear. And, even though I did correctly predict what needed to be done in order to stop the evil spirit and its curse, I did appreciate how the film didn't spell it out and, instead, made the main character figure it out for herself as she was battling for her life.

Another thing I liked about this movie was how the photos themselves could be used as weapons against the people that were pictured. That led to a pretty intense fire scene and left the door open for so many other possibilities. Admittedly, the movie never really fully capitalizes on that. But, the possibility did at least add a little extra suspense because being photographed left the spirit's victims with an added vulnerability.

Final Opinion: As I said, the movie wasn't perfect. But, I thought it was a fairly decent thriller that I did wind up enjoying. I'd recommend it as a result of that.

My Grade: B

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