The Perfection is easily one of the best experiences I had in a movie theater last year – if not the best, period. The new thriller from Richard Shepard (Dom Hemingway) premiered at last year's Fantastic Fest, and my only regret is waiting until the second screening to check out this twisted, darkly comedic, and bizarrely poignant film.
Ahead of its debut on Netflix next month, we have the first trailer for The Perfection, which stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning (Dear White People), and tells the story of dueling musical prodigies:
The Black Swan comparisons are inevitable, but The Perfection is something else entirely: Tonally, it's a throwback to exploitation films; thematically, it subverts specific tropes in ways that are absolutely sublime. Williams and Browning are remarkable, and the casting of the former is particularly clever following her villainous turn in Get Out.
I can't say much more about the plot – there are a few great surprises – but I can tell you that The Perfection is an incredibly special time. While I'm thrilled that Shepard's film is being given more exposure through Netflix, I'm also a little bummed that viewers won't be able to share in the amazing theatrical communal viewing experience that this movie so rightly deserves. My feelings (and maybe yours?) while watching this movie could best be summed up by the tagline for Wayne's World: You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl. Yeah. I cried. Tears of rapturous joy at the insanity on screen – but I also cried a bit at the end, which I found surprisingly emotional.
The Perfection also stars Steven Weber (in maybe his best role in years), and hits Netflix on May 24.