Martha Marcy May Marlene

Thursday, September 29 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Martha Marcy May Marlene

JOY REVIEW

This is a movie that probably would have been much more relevant 20 years ago when cults were a big issue. The idea is that we see a young woman in this kind of odd situation where the men are eating first and then the women eating afterward and all the women are about the same age and all dressed in very modest clothing. What we come to find out is that Elizabeth Olsen has joined this group, essentially for lack of a better term I would call it a cult, that’s headed by the charismatic John Hawke. And at some point she returns to her sister and her husband, Sarah Paulsen and Hugh Dancy, who are kind of yuppie folks who are loving, but confused by Martha Marcy May Marlene’s behavior.. And the rest of the story is told in flashback. The problem about this movie is that it really does seem out of date. However, it very much dissects fairly accurately, and fairly chillingly, how cults work. But I think cults are much less of an issue now than they were, as I said, 20 years ago. The acting is chilling. Nothing much comes of this and the end is probably the most chilling part of all. Elizabeth Olsen is Martha, then the cult later refers to her as Marcy May and the Marlene I’ll leave to your imagination. It’s creepy and effective but seems to me somewhat dated and I’m not sure what the point to this movie was.  I’ll give it two and a half stars.

JOY METER 1/2