The Disappointments Room (2016)

The Disappointments Room? More like the disappointments movie, am I right? Okay, okay, it wasn’t that bad, but I wouldn’t say it was all that great either.

It had some potential. I love creepy old houses and this one was about as creepy as they come. The acting was pretty good, though I don’t think blonde is the best look for Kate Beckinsale. The music was fine. There were definitely some creepy moments.

But it never really told a story. There’s no resolution, there’s not really any big reveal, and at no point is it clear what’s real and what’s not. It doesn’t really leave you with any questions, though, because it never really poses any to begin with.

So it feels like a long montage instead of a movie…like a bunch of creepy scenes thrown together with a bunch of mundane family scenes and some inappropriate pool boy banter (okay, he’s not technically a pool guy, he’s a roofer, but still).

Also, I’m getting a bit tired of the “mental illness vs. paranormal occurrence” plot line. It’s a really insensitive way to portray mental illness no matter what the end result is. It’s almost always thrown in to cast doubt on some poor protagonist — and there are better ways to write an unreliable narrator.

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