Poor Things is a visually stunning and thought provoking film, based on the book of the same name directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Poor Things feels as if it’s a feminist take on the Frankenstein story with Bella (played by Emma Stone) a woman with a child like brain being the property of Dr Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). However, the narrative takes a dramatic turn and explores themes of ownership, free will, and the central question of whether people can ever truly change.

Poor Things reunites the dream team of the writers of The Favourite with Yorgos Lanthimos. The script is incredible. The cinematography and lighting is pitch perfect, it starts off in black and white, and as Bella develops, the audience then starts to see the world in a more complex way eg colour. The costume design is award winning.

Poor Things is Yorgos Lanthimos’s most accessible film – it is both surreal and yet solid in the way both the story and characters develop. It is a joy to watch.

Poor Things will be released in UK cinemas on 12 January 2024.


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