Crazy Eights is a card game dealing with…
Wait, we’re not talking about the card game?
We’re talking about a movie? One that wasn’t made several decades ago?
Huh. Thought I learned my lesson about that last time.
Anyways, Crazy Eights details the efforts of a group of friends trying to honor the last wishes of a departed member of their group. This puts them in contact with another former member, much to their sorrow. Madness, mayhem, and other fun party games soon ensue.
Let’s get the good out of the way, first, shall we? This is a decently acted, decently directed flick. The characters do not grate on the nerves too badly, and when they do, it’s usually intentional. There are some oddities with editing, but it can be quite a moody flick and work perhaps a little better than it should.
Which is me slipping into a little more critical a mood.
See, Crazy Eights is one of those films that works best if you don’t think about it too much during the run time. There are a whole flock of questions that get asked (chief of which is “What the hell is going on?”) that don’t quite get answered. With this comes the usual Horror Clichés such as characters running around by themselves when they know they aren’t supposed to
Guess what happens to them when they do? You’ll be so… not surprised.
In fact, the characters tend to act more like chess pieces than people. To be fair to the flick, I didn’t notice or mind right up until towards the end, when the characters started doing really, really stupid things.
And talking about the antagonist will only result in spoilers, which isn’t what this review is for.
Worse, though, is the soundtrack. The music never lets up, and sometimes drowns out the dialogue. It’s almost as if the filmmakers had to pay the composer by the note for just composing and wanted to make sure they got their money’s worth.
Now that this hand is done, let’s tally up the points. Crazy Eights isn’t by any stretch a bad movie. It just isn’t really a good one, either (1 point). I’d be lying if I said it didn’t work for me on watching it, but after… don’t care (1 point). Don’t hate it, don’t like it, it just is.
Too bad. I think it did have some potential there…
Score: 2 points out of a possible 4