Directed By: Neil Jordan
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Stephen Rea
Synopsis: Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spirals out of control.
Review: I was told by my wife I had to see this movie as she said it was really good and a whole lot better than MA. So what did I have to lose?
Greta was such a great movie, I hadn’t actually seen Chloe Grace Moretz in anything previous to this and I found her to be such a good actress. Greta delivered more than expected and more than certainly delivered the goods with jumps and showing us a great deal of psychological torture.
What made Greta seem so realistic is that you can picture yourself ending up in the same situation as Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz). Isabelle Huppert plays Greta just perfectly, she can switch from a very sweet, innocent and lonely old lady to such a menacing, psychotic lady who is hell bent on getting what she wants. It is safe to say this movie does linger around in your head for a few days after. The character setting in the movie is mainly Frances, Greta and Francis’s room mate who suspects something is dodgy with Greta from the get go, she proves to be a loyal friend throughout and also provides a couple of laughs.
The characters in Greta are all likeable and even Greta herself has a charm you could fall for, until she goes off the scale and we are fearing for Frances, then Greta targets Frances’s room-mate as she sees her as the one thing that stands between their friendship.
Greta delivers on tension and suspence and some keys scenes stick around in your mind after viewing and goes to show that even the sweetest old lady can have some very dark skeletons in her closet. I would say turn the lights off and get up close to the TV and enjoy this awesome psychological thriller.