“This film is exactly what its title indicates – The Perfection.”
It’s not an easy task to fool me in a film. I can usually tell where a story is headed by one aspect or another. That’s definitely not the case with Richard Shepard’s (Dom Hemingway) newest film The Perfection, which consistently had me thinking one way, but completely went the other direction. I loved every bloody minute of it and you will too with its beautiful camerawork, excellent performances, and incredible pacing and story.
The film focuses on Charlotte (Allison Williams) who was one of the best cello players in the world, but left the music scene to take care of her sick mother for a few years. After her mother’s death, she heads back into the luxurious world she left behind and crosses paths with her successor Lizzie (Logan Browning), who has followed in Charlotte’s footsteps and reaped all of the fame and rewards. The two were even coached since they were young girls at the same high-class, exclusive private school run by Anton (Steven Weber). I’m not going any further than that, because I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun that’s to come your way. Just know, you’re in for one hell-of-a-ride.
The performances from Allison Williams and Logan Browning are simply fantastic. Allison once again shows several sides to her character, where she can put on a front and quickly do something else, much like we saw her do in Get Out. It’s amazing to watch her on screen and never knowing where she’s coming from. Logan Browning also serves up a piping hot dish of multiple sweet and sour emotions where you genuinely feel for her. Also of note, both of these actresses learned to play the cello for this role and they are incredible on screen. Even some of their physical work in this picture is insanely good in certain sequences.
The Perfection is one of those movies that I will add to my repertoire of my favorite films. It does so many unique things in its storytelling and subtle ways to throw you off course. I found myself not wanting this movie to end, but to keep going and furthering even more these wonderful characters. Filmmaker Richard Shepard continues to impress with his camerawork and ability to tell a phenomenal story that you’ll be thinking or quoting for years to come. His subtle ways to showcase the character actions and where they came from is undeniably good.
What can I say? This film is exactly what its title indicates – The Perfection.