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‘Val’ review: Misha Reeves is devilishly good in comedy horror

The devil’s in the details.

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Val is a fun comedy horror that will remind fans of similar films of the 1980s. Fin (Zachary Mooren) is on the run after killing his boss and an officer. He breaks into the home of a high class escort named Val (Misha Reeves). Fin thinks he has found a solution to his problem, until things take a devilish turn. 

How far can one performance carry a movie? This is a question that comes up often. Many times, a middling film can be made so much more thanks to one actor. Val has a very strong cast, but Reeves is the clear stand out here. She is perfectly case in the titular role. She is smart, a badass, and always knows exactly what to say. She controls every scene she is involved in. 

Val has a visual flair that can best be described as evil pop art. The main character looks like a pin up girl from the 1950s. There is a retro design to her home that makes it impossible to place the movie in a timeframe. The excellent lighting (especially the bright reds) give the movie the tone it is looking for.

The plot starts to run out of ideas in the final act. The acting makes sure the film remains enjoyable the entire time, but there is a sense that Val has gone on for too long. Which brings everything back to the first question. How far can one performance carry one movie? Reeves answers with a resounding, “All the way!”

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