‘Gravy:’ Film Review

Every eve, of every hallow.

From the hilariously twisted mind of James Roday (Shawn Spencer, Psych) comes Gravy, a movie about a trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements who seize a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food, and libations. The only caveat is what's on the menu.

Many of you already know of my obsession with Psych, so it was a given that I’d be checking out Gravy. The episodes of Psych that he wrote and directed are some of the best of the entire series. Fans of those episodes will instantly recognize Roday’s unique style and vision and, of course, a taut script filled with witty one-liners and obscure '80s references.

Roday’s chops behind the camera are on full display in Gravy. There are so many shots that I love, it’s hard to pick a favorite. His use of music cues is also on point. Shout-out to the awesome Curt Smith, who did the original music for the film. There are so many scenes in Gravy that Roday’s choice of music completely sells. I hope this movie gets Roday the attention and cred behind the camera that he so rightly deserves. Gravy proves that he’s a more than capable filmmaker with a knack for writing and directing. He gets what people want to see in a movie, and he delivers on all cylinders.

The entire cast knocks it out of the park. It’s clear that James Roday gave them a lot to work with, and it pays off. The misfits - Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, and Lily Cole - are delightfully demented. It’s funny how you equally dislike these characters, yet still want to see what kind of antics they have up their sleeves. Their victims, played by Sutton Foster, Molly Ephraim, Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna, Lothaire Bluteau, Ethan Sandler, and the hilarious and amazing Gabourey Sibide, are forced to take part in their captors’ games, while they work to find a way to escape. Every character is unique and, pardon the pun, fully fleshed out.

Gravy is a must-see for fans of horror, comedy, and/or horror comedies. It is now my yearly Halloween viewing. I cannot wait to turn more people onto this awesome movie. As my friend Dan said upon showing him the film, thank you, James Roday, for subverting typical horror tropes!


Overall A+

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