Horse Girl is worth watching if:
- You like it when things get trippy.
- You can relate to being different.
- You can handle awkwardness.
Horse Girl is not worth watching if:
- You like feeling sober minded.
- Everything needs to make sense.
- You really just want to see horses.
- The characters are believable and realistic.
- It’s not like most other movies.
- Good for a few laughs along the way.
- Gets lost in the trippy sauce towards the end.
- Would benefit from a slightly stronger story.
- Could have made better use of horse footage.
score: 70% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: A sweet misfit with a fondness for crafts, horses and supernatural crime shows finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life.
Drug dealer away on vacation? No worries, Netflix’s new original drama Horse Girl is here to whisk you away from reality.
Ok, well that’s only partly true. And maybe this isn’t quite the ‘trip’ you’re looking for.
While half of Horse Girl is made up of psychosis induced delusions, the other half is contrastingly real, as Alison Brie’s character Sarah totes the line between a socially awkward girl just trying to fit in, and someone walking the line with insanity.
When Horse Girl is trying to be real, it does a tremendous job recreating relatable awkward moments and conversations from every day life, being good for at least a few solid moments of cringe over its 100 minute runtime.
These real moments are then contrasted with the surreal dreamlike scenes that depict, and eventually dominate, Sarah’s unhealthy mental state.
Horse Girl puts you inside the mind of someone with severe mental struggles, a girl who seemingly only feels safe and unjudged when she visits her favorite horse.
Despite its title, Horse Girl is not a movie predominantly about horses. It’s about the mind of a girl who feels comfortable around horses, and terrified by nearly everything else.
Horse Girl never seems too concerned with telling some fantastic overarching story. Rather, its sole focus seems to be putting the viewer in an unfamiliar mindset, to make them truly experience and sympathize with a psychotic mind.
While we’d have rather it nailed both of these elements, it does do the latter quite well.
Although Horse Girl loses its narrative hooks a bit towards the end, fans of independent, art-driven films will find more than enough to enjoy.
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