Since this is still in theatres I’ll avoid any spoilers and just say this: after the big name cast and splashy advertising of Halloween Ends resulted in such ridiculous disappointment, it was refreshing to walk into a theater and sit down to a movie I knew almost nothing about, starring people I’d never heard of, and be genuinely entertained.
Smile was a story I have NEVER seen before. This was original. The villain was outstanding. The female lead was never sexualized. The black supporting actor was never turned into a racist stereotype. And, except for the very, very end, all the characters made natural, intelligent choices. Unlike Halloween Ends, Smile made sense. It made me want to watch it again. But most of all it made me glad I went. And you can’t ask for much more than that.