A social gathering is rocked to its core when Jack accuses his best friend's wife of infidelity. But as the allegations start flying, it soon emerges that far more sinister intentions may be at play...
I enjoyed it and it kept my interest all the way through. The actors were good and it had a twist or two. I think they should have given the uncle a much larger wine glass or a straw so he could drink it from the bottle. We need more movies like this good clean fun and murder. I watched it on Amazon prime. Thank you Amazon.
Giving it two stars instead of just one because the cinematography at least was competent. There's some distractingly stagy acting going on here; I was really hoping that the first scene would turn out to be a play within the movie that the main characters were watching or performing in, but nope, I guess that's how the director wanted to do it, presumably in emulation of Hitchcock (the movie even has Saul Bass-style opening credits and a Bernard Herrmann-style score). Thing is though, Hitchcock had Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint and Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly to bring the sparkling if artificial dialogue to life, this just seemed forced. And, he was Hitchcock, so he had that going for him. And, minor quibble, but it really annoyed me when, at the beginning, the main character is supposed to be smoking a cigarette from a pack, then he's clearly shown smoking an e-cig; there's just something cheap about it, one of those minor details which, like the stilted acting, ruins the illusion a good drama should create.
I enjoyed this one. It was well written, though the delivery of the dialogue did feel rehearsed at times. The pacing of the first act felt like we're waiting for things to get started, but once I realized what was going on as the film played out, I began to thoroughly enjoy the wordplay and the overall feel of the movie. It'll help if you have an appreciation for wry British humor that leans towards the passé and the ability to enjoy movies shot in one location. All in all, I just liked it!
4 out of 5 because I don't want Amazon to stop recommending me similar movies but really it deserves a 3 out of 5. Thrillers that take place in one room with a group of people Candlestick thinks it's way more clever than it is. The story is attractive on paper but isn't a classic unfortunately. Other than the final twist, it's easy to see where the story's going after you learn the basic premise within the first 15 minutes or so. I'm not sure why they needed to explain every action taken by the villain but I felt like I was the one beaten over the head with a Candlestick with the constant explanations.
Candlestick is a curious little film. It wears its Hitchcockian influences on its sleeve, sharing the same DNA as Rope, and definitely has elements of a stage play in there. But there's something about the characters that draws you in and places you directly in the middle of the unfolding deception, the cogs slowly turning on Jack's masterplan, hurtling towards the film's brilliantly executed climax.
Candlestick is a very solid indie effort, and the score is fantastic. I can appreciate that it perhaps isn't for everyone, but I had a lot of fun watching it.