I watched this film on February 22nd, and the reason it took me so long to write this review is because it stumped me. I tried to write an honest review and the honest truth is I’m not sure if I love the film or not.
(Synopsis provided by IMDb.com):
Lockhart (Dane Dehaan) is an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center”. He soon suspects that the spa’s treatments aren’t what they seem.
To start off, this is just a beautiful film. The setting was just beautiful! I thought it was a nice touch to have it start out in the modern era, then it changes it and makes you forget it’s modern. You get lost in a completely different era, and that was clever of the filmmakers.
I really enjoyed Dane Dehaan’s performance. However, Mia Goth’s portrayal of the quiet and mysterious Hannah was a bit stiff. The film was predictable, up until the “twist” ending. The ending disappointed me the most. It seemed to change the overall goal of the film.
The tooth scene could’ve been a little more graphic, but I think that just my own screwed up preference, and not the movie’s fault. A Cure For Wellness was directed by Gore Verbinski. Gore was responsible for one of my favorite horror films of all time, The Ring! You can definitely see his style in A Cure For Wellness.
The reason I had a problem with this film, is because it was smarter than me. After the film, all the eels and the symbolisms had to be explained to me. This was such a smart film, and I still think viewers will enjoy it, even if they don’t understand all of the symbolism.
Despite my problems with it, A Cure For Wellness was a pretty enjoyable film. It kept my attention, the music and the scenery were perfect for the atmosphere of the film. Do NOT go into this film, thinking it’s another Shutter Island type of film. It doesn’t really make you care about the characters but it was a fun ride.