Review: Things Heard & Seen

Title: Things Heard & Seen
MPAA Rating: 
TV-MA
Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalie Dyer
Runtime: 2 hrs 1 min

What It Is: Catherine (Seyfried) is an artist. She and her new professor husband George (Norton) have just relocated to the Hudson Valley. There’s an underlying darkness to the feelings her new home gives her. It is not unwarranted darkness, you see George isn’t exactly faithful. He’s having an affair with student Willis (Dyer). Depression and desperation begin to sink in and some sinister is taking over this old, historically dark little home in the Hudson Valley.

What We Think: This film is the definition of boring. Where the film starts to fall flat is about 5 minutes in. It does nothing to regain interest. Amanda Seyfried is trying her damnedest to make this movie interesting. She can’t get it done. What I will say is that she is without a doubt the bright spot in this borefest. James Norton is a garbage human and he’s good here. It is the materials that have let him down. I really can’t stand when a “horror” film is boring. That’s the biggest sin a television show can commit. When it’s in a horror genre it’s an even larger catastrophe.

Our Grade: C-, This is just a complete waste of time. A bore that utilizes a well-treaded formula and still fails to hit it. This is certainly not something I recommend. It just does not work at any of the levels it is supposed to. This is Amanda Seyfried’s first performance following her Oscar-nominated performance in Mank. It is not what I thought it should’ve been and could’ve been. I’m going to have to give this one a skip. It’s just not worth the time and effort to slog through this whole thing.

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