Movie of the Day – May

Since Halloween is a week away and I need a theme here, why not from here on out a horror movie a day until Halloween.  Typically I usually say that I am a closet horror fan, which is true.  It’s not for a lack of interest in the genre, but more so because there is a lack of creativity in the horror genre.  Yeah yeah, I am sure that it is really creative to come up with a gruesome death scene, but I can only watch so many young adults bite the dust every so often.  I have complained in the past that horror movies are just a showcase for creative death effects and I still hold true to that saying.  So I have to do my part and dig deep to find some hidden horror movie gems that are forgotten in the age of over-the-top violence and gore.  That’s where the movie May comes in.

Set apart from her peers as a child due to her lazy eye, May’s only friend and confidant was a delicate doll encased in glass. Though as a young adult May has learned to control her lazy eye with glasses and contacts, her introverted tendencies always seem to hinder her search for the perfect friend. Walking down the street one day, May happens across a young man tenderly caressing the damage of a wrecked car and falls in love with his seemingly perfect hands. As May and Adam (Jeremy Sisto) begin to spend more time together, the quirky couple seem to have much in common, and May believes that she might have finally happened across the perfect boy. Her deep-rooted psychological problems slowly surface, however, and Adam is gradually driven away, leaving the vulnerable May in the company of amorous co-worker Polly (Anna Faris). It soon becomes obvious to May that, though various acquaintances seem to have perfect traits, they never add up to a perfect whole — leading the creative and demented young girl to her own unique method of creating the perfect friend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Yes, I know what you are thinking, this is about as modern as a Frankenstein movie can get.  It’s kind of inventive really, instead of having the mad scientist creating life out of nothing, you have a someone who is constructing a friend from others.  May has a slow build throughout the movie as it comes to the closing scenes of the movie and then things get a bit weird.  The character May is an obsessed and confused girl, never really being normal until much later in her life (if she ever really was normal to begin with) and the progression of her personality is startling.

Often when watching the movie, May is just a misunderstood person.  She was chastised as a child because of her lazy eye and only until her adulthood is when she can feel normal.  So human interaction is sparse, which leads to her relationship with her doll Suzie.  It is almost this invisible voice that compels her awkward nature and some would say her eventual fall in depravity with the murders she commits.  Her natural attachment to others is more physical than emotional.  She finds that people are truly mean even when she finds herself at a normal point in her life, so her attachment to the only perfect thing about each person fuels her mission.

The climax of the film is disturbing and ultimately sad.  While it might feel a bit out of place in certain movies or even comical in some instances, the ending in May feel sorrowful.  The film does a great job in making you sort of sympathize with May, even if her eccentricities are a bit too much for you.  So while her job is to construct the perfect friend for her, it leads us to the inevitable tragedy that she realizes.  I will let you figure that out for yourself if and when you watch the movie.

It’s sad that this movie really, really got such an underwhelming release.  Sure, it’s not the big star driven scary movie we expect, but the story is honest and frightening when you look at what’s happening on screen.  I don’t think a movie really portrays a downward spiral as well as May does as we watch the awkward growing up of a person who doesn’t have a lot of love coming her way.  It’s the weird little nuances of her personality that take shape with each interaction and her molding personality as it conforms to what people think of her.  She tries to be something to everyone and finds that people are imperfect, so why not take something perfect from each of them and make something completely perfect.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

3 Responses to Movie of the Day – May

  1. H.E. ELLIS says:

    I loved this movie, and even though it scared the crap out of me I sat there and watched the whole thing anyway. Horror movies are by far my favorite genre, and there aren’t many I haven’t seen.

    But there is one. One movie that was so messed up that I couldn’t watch it all the way through. I tried at least three times, figuring I’d make it a little further each time and would eventually see it all. Nope. I actually watched it less because i knew what was coming up.

    That movie was AUDITION.

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