Review: House at the End of the Street – Street filled with plot-holes
House at the End of the Street stars the gifted young actress Jennifer Lawrence, who by now is synonymous with her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. In fact, this movie was originally slated for release last April, around the same time as Hunger Games; and it’s not a coincidence that Lawrence gives both films the same edgy but young adult feel.
Lawrence excels in playing strong but vulnerable young women and she does a great job in this movie, playing Elissa Cassidy, who has just moved into a new town with her recently divorced mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue). The two move into a house that is surrounded by woods, but is also very close to a house where a double-murder occurred.
Jennifer Lawrence is so closely associated with Katniss now that as she was walking through the woods in this movie I kept expecting her to pull out a bow & arrow and throw-down with whatever that thing is out there. It would be a shame to see Lawrence become so typecast, as she really is a very good actress.
You know when they “give up the ghost” early in the film that there are bound to be more twists and turns ahead. The question is always how believable the surprises will be and whether or not they will shock you when they happen. If you’ve ever watched a genre movie like House at the End of the Street before, then you’re in for nothing new here.
The background narrative of this film seems to be ripped straight from a young adult novel. There are the new kid at school scenes, the uncomfortable party where all the teens are drinking, the jerky rich kid, starting a band and Elissa falling for the outcast kid, Ryan. I’m certain that the audience who loved Hunger Games for its young adult appeal, coupled with and the drawing power that Jennifer Lawrence now commands, will make this movie successful – whether it deserves it or not.
There are plenty of plot holes in this street that can’t be mentioned, and one could easily tear this House down, but if you are a Jennifer Lawrence and young adult drama fan, you will probably enjoy this movie. All others beware – this House should be condemned. Grade: 4/10