The Fangirl’s Movie Review: The Call

I know it is not really the time of year you want to be watching a scary thriller. But is there really anytime that isn’t a good time to watch Park Shin Hye outwit a killer? Come find out if this movie is worth the watch as Kmuse shares her (spoiler-free) review.

SYNOPSIS:

Seo Yeon returns home after many years. She connects an old phone that was in the house and speaks to a stranger named Yeong Sook. Seo Yeon realizes that Yeong Sook lives in the same house, but they are 20 years apart, and they become friends from then onwards. Then one day, Seo Yeon and Yeong Sook make a small choice that will change their lives in the time they are in. Yeong Sook saves Seo Yeon’s father, who had previously died 20 years ago, and Seo Yeon tells Yeong Sook her future 20 years later. (MyDramaList)

THE PLOT

I’m going to avoid specifics since I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. Part of the joy was the feeling of being in the moment with Park Shin Hye’s character and watching the insanity unfold. Just know that I was very impressed with how tight the story was. I really enjoyed the twist of what we usually see when it is the past connecting with the present.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

The director did an amazing job of showing both characters’ isolation and various emotions. The director made me feel like I knew both of the girls, and that made me really care what was going to happen. I was engaged from start to finish, and a lot of that had to do with the cinematography.

CHARACTER OBSERVATIONS

Rather than discuss the two characters (which could give away plot points), I will just discuss the performance itself. Park Shin Hye has really impressed me in her last two movies. Both The Call and #Alive were more action/horror based, and I thought she really nailed both performances. So much so that I kind of wish she would choose a more serious/action role for her next drama rather than her traditional romcom.

This is the second time I have watched a movie starring Jeon Jong Seo. The first was Burning, which I admit, I was not a huge fan of (because of the story, not her role in it.) But she has caught my attention as the girl from the past who can change the future. I see that she will be in her first drama, Money Heist, in 2021. I look forward to seeing if she continues to impress me in the future.

OVERALL REACTION

I really enjoyed this movie. It was really tightly written, well-directed, and had great acting. If I had any complaint at all, it would be that the last 2 minutes of the show were unexpected, and I’m not sure how I feel about that twist. But it didn’t make me dislike the show as a whole, so I don’t think it is that big of a negative.

Til the next movie adventure,

Kmuse

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2 thoughts on “The Fangirl’s Movie Review: The Call

  1. I need to see this! When I saw the trailer I felt like this might be a version of the 2011 horror indie movie, The Caller, staring Rachelle Lefevre. That one creeped me out so much! This seems to have taken that idea but expanded on it with more events and characters involved.

  2. I watched this one with my family and thoroughly enjoyed the whole movie particularly the performances by the two main ladies. I do agree with you that the last two minutes were ‘different’ but I think it’s good that it ended like that.

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