[Header Image: Elle Fanning as Grace, and Peter Dinklage as Del | Momentum Pictures]
Honestly, I’m a little torn by this movie. There was so much I loved about it but then there were other things that could have been far better. That being said, I Think We’re Alone Now was an anticipated release for me and overall it didn’t disappoint. I’m curious to come back to it in a few months (or perhaps longer) and see how it sits after a rewatch. I suspect that it’ll be one of those movies that I keep thinking back to and my fondness will grow over time.
For those of you who might be unaware, I Think We’re Alone Now is set during an apocalypse in which everyone has died except for Del (played by Peter Dinklage) who is living alone in a small town, at least until a second survivor (Grace played by Elle Fanning) shows up.
The first thing that needs to be mentioned is that I Think We’re Alone Now looks absolutely beautiful. It’s the type of movie that makes me want to cry every time I look at it because it’s so stunning. I struggled to tear my eyes away from it because I didn’t want to miss a second of its visuals. Its overall look is quite muted in tone which works so well for the fact that it’s a post-apocalyptic movie.
The next thing I have to mention is the characters. Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage were both phenomenal in this and I found that I actually cared quite a bit about their characters. I adored the character development in Dinklage’s Del and how Fanning’s Grace was pretty much the polar opposite and shrouded in her own mystery. Seeing these two characters side by side, with their differences, resulted in a very entertaining relationship to watch. The more I saw them together the more I wanted. The same goes for their individual back-stories and journies. I wanted to discover as much as possible about them. I guess that was one personal flaw for me. While we do get to know them quite well, it didn’t feel like enough. I didn’t want to say goodbye to them. That’s not really a huge flaw for the movie though. It’s a positive in a lot of ways that the characters were so good that I didn’t want to let them go.
All that being said, the main way in which I found myself torn was the plot. I Think We’re Alone Now is incredibly simple. At least in the sense that not a lot really happens. Majority of the movie follows two survivors falling into a routine and that really only changes toward the end. I won’t say how to avoid spoilers but I will say that it came a little too late. I appreciate that things were stripped back. The fact that people dropped dead wasn’t really discussed, and there was no search for a cure or a reason. It really was just two people living their lives but the reveal at the end was quite big in comparison and it felt as if it was rushed. I would have liked to have been introduced to that reveal slightly earlier, explored it a little more, or for the aftermath to go on a little longer. The big reveal just felt a little out of place with the rest of the movie.
Other than that, I would happily have spent so much more time watching Del and Grace go about their lives in the apocalypse and I do recommend that everyone at least gives I Think We’re Alone a chance.
Rating: ★★★½ /5