Review: Jigsaw

“The game is simple. The best ones are.”

Last night I went to the premiere of the much-awaited Jigsaw. Today I’m here to share with you my preliminary thoughts

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Note: This is 100% spoiler free and safe to read.

This is probably going to be a little bit disappointing – because as of right now, I don’t have a strong opinion about this film.

As a movie I thought it was pretty good. It was entertaining, it built tension well, the story was solid, the twists were pretty surprising, and it left an impression with some really disturbing imagery. It was a good film on it’s own, and if this were a stand-alone movie it accomplishes most everything that I would want to see a horror movie accomplish.

That being said, it didn’t accomplish everything that I would have wanted from a Saw film – especially after such a long hiatus. I feel like it tried really hard to explain how there could be new movies and how Jigsaw’s legacy could be continued, while totally ignoring the clues that Saw 3D: The Final Chapter left on how that could happen. It relied a little too heavily on trap concepts from the other films, while relying too little on their plot.

I went into the movie expecting it to be the best or worst thing I’ve ever seen, and I’m surprised to say that it wasn’t either. Walking out of the theater with so much uncertainty about a movie is a rare thing for me, and I do appreciate that Jigsaw is making me think about it so much.

I have to admit, after hearing so many people so highly impressed last night, I was a little afraid that it was going to be like “It” all over again, and I was going to have a wildly unpopular opinion that was going to finish killing my blogging career. Waking up to see all the rave reviews and high ratings also made me a little nervous.

While I definitely don’t seem to be impressed as a lot of fans were, I can see where they’re coming from.

More than anything, I feel like I’ll probably need to see the movie a few more times before I come to any solid decisions – which in a way makes me strangely hopeful. Living in theaters to re-watch Saw movies brings about a very comforting sense of nostalgia for me.

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