The Estate

James Kapner’s ‘The Estate’ (2020) – Film Review

When I first found out about The EstateI had a gut feeling that this film would be right up my alley. They had me at the “perfectly campy, Ryan Murphy-esque world.” When I was asked to review it, to say I was excited to watch is an understatement. Read on to find out my thoughts on this deliciously dark comedy thriller!

The Estate Synopsis:

When the spoiled son and newest wife of a billionaire patriarch plot to murder him, they form a psycho-sexual bond with their brutally handsome hitman as they kill and kill (and kill) in their quest for wealth and recognition.

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More From The Estate Press Release:

First-time feature director James Kapner deftly balances humor and horror, using his keen eye to develop a perfectly campy, Ryan Murphy-esque world. When a narcissistic son (Chris Baker) yearning for a life of luxury and his father’s erratic gold-digging wife (Eliza Coupe) decide to kill their way into their inheritance, they employ the help of an absurdly handsome, mysterious hitman (Greg Finley), initiating a psychosexual love triangle that spirals into more than anyone bargained for.

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My Thoughts:

I’ll start with this: If you are a horror fan and, in particular, you enjoy black comedies, The Estate is a definite must see! Dynamic and energetic performances by both lead and supporting actors. Bold and innovative writing, which includes a variety of sharp one liners and a bunch of unscrupulous characters that you can’t help but secretly adore. Smooth direction and flow throughout entire film.

Marcello (Eric Roberts: Batman franchise) is a rich, depraved man who is married to much younger trophy wife, Lux (Eliza Coupe: Happy Endings TV series). And as expected, he has a self-absorbed son named George (Christopher Charles Baker: The Office Is Mine 2019 – who also wrote the script). George and Lux are fed up with Marcello leaving them alone in a mansion to fend for themselves for what they consider an inadequate amount of money. One night, Lux decides she wants to go to a dive bar and look for a stranger to have a one night stand with. It’s here they meet a tall, dark, handsome stranger (Greg Finley: iZombie TV series) who claims to be a hitman. He offers his services to take out Marcello in order to get their inheritance money.

It’s a given that Marcello gets whacked. What’s not a given are the plot twists stemming from poor decisions and the shifty, cutthroat ways of this triangle of narcissists. I was pleasantly surprised with just how warped these self-absorbed characters are, and the lengths they will go to get what they want. I can honestly say I didn’t see that ending coming!

 My Final Thoughts:

The Estate is, without a doubt,  a brilliant and top notch dark comedy thriller. The writing, acting, and the directing are perfectly executed. This was such a fun movie! I can’t recommend it enough. The film is currently streaming virtually in its world premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival, so, if you get the chance to see it, do it!

About JenniferLeigh

I love a good scare. I have a collection of over 500 horror movies and I am an avid reader as well. I'm also a fan of other nerdoms, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Files, Firefly and Doctor Who to name a few. I live in Illinois with my husband and cats who share my nerdoms.

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