"Straight no chaser" 'Knock At The Cabin' - movie review
Updated: Feb 2
Let me start off by saying the title of this review has nothing to do with the orientation of any of the characters in KNOCK AT THE CABIN. What it refers to is the unique but no so really unique story telling of M. Night Shyamalan. As much as it pains me to say I'm actually very happy M. Night is still making films. His SERVANT show is constantly getting rave reviews and he is one of the few filmmakers we have grown up with since SIXTH SENSE. We know the story. The man has had some ups and downs with his films. While features like THE VISIT entertained us OLD brought out feelings we hadn't touched since THE VILLAGE. So M. Night what do you have for us with KNOCK AT THE CABIN? Well in short its a straight to the point film with really no chaser. Get it?
I said this in a podcast a week ago "but can someone please give credit to the acting department of the WWE". I don't care what you think of the acting of The Rock or John Cena but Dave Bautista is a star. Opposite the fabulous Ben Aldridge and Mindhunter's Jonathan Groff you can't go wrong. If you don't know the story OF KATC it follows a gay couple and their daughter who are approached by a clan. This clan lead by Bautista or Leonard really has some unfortunate news and the family has the ultimate decision to make.
In regards to KNOCK AT THE CABIN I honestly expected more. AIRBNB has to hate horror films by now. Night also does such a great job of showing off his love for his idols with films. It's a shame so many directors are stealing his style but they aren't being called out for it. When it comes to flashback story telling people forget Shyamalan is from the same school of Tarantino when out comes to putting the puzzle pieces together.
More than likely there will be a lot of lukewarm reviews when it comes to KNOCK AT THE CABIN. From the trailer it seemed as if the big screen would be perfect for this type of film but a straight to streaming platform would do equally as fine.
KNOCK AT THE CABIN is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge and Kristen Cui.
Available in theaters everywhere February 3rd