Release Date: October 4th, 2019
MPA Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
Written and Directed By: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson, Avery Whitted, Rachel Wilson, and Will Buie Jr.
The movie, based upon Stephen King’s novel, opens with a brother and sister embarking upon a trip across the country to San Diego. Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) is six months pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. She asks her brother Cal (Avery Whitted) to pull the car over. They just happen to pull over next to a field of tall grass, which faces a deserted church that’s on the other side of the road.
As Becky is gathering herself back together, she hears a young boy in the tall grass yelling for help. This leads her and Cal into the field after he parks the car next to the church. Soon, they find themselves lost in the field with no way out. Becky’s phone stops working, and the grass appears to have some effect on Becky. Cal finds the boy, Tobin (Will Buie Jr), while Becky encounters Tobin’s father Ross (Patrick Stewart). Unfortunately, neither Cal or Becky make it out of the field alive.
Soon, another character appears. It’s Becky’s estranged boyfriend and the father of her baby, Travis (Harrison Gilberston). It’s been two months and he’s set out to look for the duo. Just by chance, he sees their vehicle parked at the church and stops. While searching the premises he sees a book that Becky dropped, which leads him into the tall grass. He eventually finds Becky’s body and meets Tobin too.
After all of the characters have appeared, the movie takes a turn that involves an ancient rock, and a cyclical time line. The movie does have a bit of a happy ending, but only after a sacrifice is made.
In The Tall Grass is not on the same level as IT, but it is comparable to other Stephen King movies. While watching the movie, I thought of other Stephen King movies such as Children of the Corn and The Stand.
Patrick Stewart gives a strong performance as the villain, and Will Buie Jr. is amazing as Tobin. The twist that the movie takes is unexpected, and provides hope for the victims. I was pleasantly satisfied after watching Netflix’s new movie. In the Tall Grass is a typical Stephen King movie, that is mysterious enough to have kept me in my seat for the whole film.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars