Master is a horror film that explores the themes of racism, privilege, and identity in an elite New England university. The film follows three Black women who face different challenges and threats in the predominantly White institution, where a centuries-old curse haunts the campus. The film is directed by Mariama Diallo and stars Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, and Talia Ryder.
The film is a well-crafted and ambitious experiment that combines the genre conventions of horror with the social commentary of satire. The film uses the visual language of horror to express the terror of racism and the rot of its legacy, while also exposing the hypocrisy and complicity of the White establishment. The film also features some shocking twists and turns that subvert the expectations of the audience and challenge the stereotypes of the characters.
The film is not without its flaws, however. The film can be didactic rather than truly suspenseful, and the horror angle of the film is half-baked and underdeveloped. The film also lacks the wit and the impact of other films that tackle similar issues, such as Get Out. The film also suffers from a lack of character development and emotional depth, as the Black characters are mostly portrayed as victims, rather than as complex and nuanced individuals.
In the Nutshell
Overall, Master is a film that will appeal to fans of horror and social justice, and to those who appreciate bold and unique storytelling. It is not a masterpiece of the genre, but it is a fun and entertaining ride that offers some surprises and laughs along the way. [3 out of 5 stars]
Genre: Super Natural Mystery
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