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The Feast (Film Review)

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The latest film in the slew of ‘eat the rich' films is director 's Welsh language which takes this mantra to a whole new level. The film has an atmospheric first hour or so as it takes its time to lay the groundwork for the utterly horrific final twenty minutes. After premiering at 2021's and , it's finally here for us all to tuck into.


The entire film takes place over the course of one evening in which a wealthy couple and their two adult sons are having a few guests over for dinner in the Welsh mountains, and boy do they feast. The mysterious Cadi, played spectacularly by arrives at their door on foot as their waitress for the night and over the course of the evening the family's beliefs and values are challenged.


A feast takes time to prepare and that's exactly what Jones does in his set up, with The Feast taking its time with its careful set-up as the first two acts meander around. But this is all done to provide the intrigue and the mystery. Why did Cadi arrive at the house on foot? Why is she suddenly covered in dirt? Why hasn't she spoken a single word yet?


It's not until the film's final act when we find out the true story and which of these people we can trust and much like Parasite, it leaves you never certain of who's the good guy and who the real bad guy is. Also akin to Parasite is the grand house that the majority of the film takes place in. From the vast glass windows letting in rays of sunshine in the day to the dimly lit brick caverns providing the thrills in the evening, this house has it all.


The first hour of the film is very slow allowing the impressive and visceral sound design to take the forefront with a large array of loud noises making sure you're still awake in your seat. We witness Cadi preparing the dinner feast and skinning a couple of rabbits. If the sight of some rabbits being skinned in broad daylight is too much for you then this is your call to stop watching the film now, it only gets more gruesome from here.


The entrancing atmosphere keeps building as the film gets darker and darker (both visually and thematically) as it heads towards its devastating finale, of which I won't go into any more detail on, only that it's certainly not for the faint of heart.


It's here though that the storytelling gets a little wobbly and loses itself. It's a spectacular finale to watch and to be by the incredible visuals and the sheer monstrosity that you're watching but after a very slow start, it felt as if the finale didn't build upon what we'd seen before and needed a greater thoroughfare to connect the two. It leaves you shocked, not only at the lengths that Jones went to with the extremity of the violence but also shocked at what actually happened and where the plot took itself as you walk out trying to piece everything together.


Featuring a magnificent lead performance from Annes Elwy, The Feast just about manages to keep your attention as it aimlessly strolls through its first hour before delivering a feast for horror fans in the final twenty minutes offering up some very chilling imagery.


THE FEAST is released in cinemas on 19 August