I saw Hard Candy about 6 months ago(or even more) and had to write something down immediately after, so here is my "review" from back then! Fresh out from the movie jar! :)
Hard Candy is one of the best, weirdest, fascinating movies I have ever seen! It really had an impact the first time I watched it!
Let’s start with the beginning. The first 10 minutes I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing: the conversation, the situation, all were so wrong and sick, but I couldn’t stop being fascinated by it. It was thrilling and interesting. Although the discussion between the two characters seemed so natural and normal, the words and the flirtation was hard to digest.
Once they arrive at the house, that’s when things get real. The level of craziness and the guts that Ellen Page pulled off for this part is stunning. It started off kinda of weak, not very credible, but after 5 minutes you could tell she got into character. Patrick Wilson is absolutely perfect...his acting is flawless and not for a second did I believe he was an actor.
Their interaction was very well written and interpreted: both trying to overanalyze each other. I liked the fact that she knew exactly what to say and do to trigger him, to get his attention and to make him react. For a minute there, during one scene, you think „Oh, Jeff figured her out, that’s who she is”, but in a second she transforms and shows how sick she really is!
I could go on and on about this movie, but I will just say that it is bold, smart, weird but fascinating! You should definately see it!