Starring: Sebastian Stan, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jojo T. Gibbs, Dayo Okeniyi, and Charlotte Le Bon
Director: Mimi Cave
We’re only in March, but between Fresh and Pam & Tommy, Sebastian Stan is here to make 2022 his year. This film, which explores the dark potentials of dating in the modern world, is another outlet for Stan to flex his acting chops. It’s so evident how much fun he has in his roles, and that only enhances his performance as Steve. He’s joined by Daisy Edgar-Jones, who is starting to make a name for herself, and the two have such a natural chemistry. It’s a difficult film to discuss spoiler-free, but Fresh is great. Go in with as little information as possible.
Fresh is absolutely wild and insane. I went in with virtually no expectations and was thrilled. It’s such a fun film to watch thanks to the twists and turns that keep you constantly guessing what’s going to happen next. Sebastian Stan, in particular, gives such a bizarre performance, but it’s a flawless one. Daisy Edgar-Jones is a great final girl too, inspiring you to root for her throughout the film. If there’s any real flaw, it’s that Fresh ends with a few unanswered questions, but nothing you can’t forgive. Other than that, it’s good, bloody fun.
Director Mimi Cave makes a spectacular meal out of the horrors of modern dating in her brand new film Fresh. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan give superb performances and are electric together as the film’s central duo. Meanwhile, Cave brings the film stylishly to life, leaving the audience uncomfortable and on the edge of their seats craving more (not to mention gifting us a killer soundtrack). If you like dark and twisted horror comedies, then this flick will quench your appetite!
For the first half hour, Fresh is dripping with tension as you try to figure out what Steve’s (Sebastian Stan) game is. However, the 30-minute mark is when the opening credits roll (yes, 30 minutes into the movie), the movie reveals what’s what, and the entire thing fizzles out. It’s hard to articulate its issues without entering spoiler territory, but just know that you’ve seen this basic story several times before and it mostly plays out exactly like you’d expect. To his credit, Stan seems to be relishing his role, but Fresh is a boring entry in an overplayed and hard-to-make-original genre.