The 2018 version of Halloween asks some interesting questions, mostly about why we think we can learn something from men who commit heinous acts. It presents itself as a continuation of the 1978 classic, thus disregarding all sequels, and it’s better for it. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has spent the last 40 years obsessively preparing for the return of Michael Myers, which has resulted in two failed marriages, the loss of custody of her daughter (Judy Greer), and a strained relationship with her granddaughter (Andi Matichak). But when Myers returns, intent on ending not only Laurie, but also the family she’s managed to build in spite of her trauma, the three women band together to fight him. Intriguingly, Halloween doesn’t explain Michael’s motives, implying he’s merely a deadly form of toxic masculinity. There are gaping plot holes and characters make idiotic decisions, but watching three generations of women take on Myers—with some great callbacks to the original—is irresistibly satisfying.
R • 1 hour 49 min • 2018