Thoroughbreds takes a while to feed any tangible information to its audience. The real plot of the film doesn't kick in for quite some time. So, to respect the filmgoing experience, I will try and be light on plot details. All you need to know is that Amanda (Olivia Cooke) and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) were once childhood friends, but slowly grew away from each other. When Amanda is involved in a violent incident, the only person willing to get involved in her life is Lily. After a few awkward interactions with one another, they bond over hatching a sinister scheme to get rid of a big problem in one of their lives.
This is a solid debut on the directorial side of things. You can tell Finley is hungry to impress. The film looks beautiful, and there are a few stellar sequences, including a shot towards the end of the film that sent shivers down my spine. Any other director would choose a more gratuitous or flashy sequence, but Finley decides to hold a shot and the risk payed off. It's the best scene in the film and it was easily the make or break moment in the film's plot.
If this film should be remembered for anything, it's the performances. This isn't the best work of either Anya Taylor Joy or Olivia Cooke, but it helps to prove the point that these are two of the brightest upcoming stars in Hollywood. Most of the film is just them talking and yet they carry the film very well. Props to Cooke for delivering the funniest Holocaust joke I have heard in a film in... well... forever? This film also marks the final performance of late Anton Yelchin, whose appearance is brief, but also impactful and unforgettable.
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