If there’s one thing I learned in Psychology class, it’s that one of the most important and yet least understood areas of our lives concerns the role of friends, and ultimately, love; in our lives. Friends are what people believe keep them socially “alive”. Without them, people get lonely and want someone to talk to, and do things with. Usually, people have a natural instinct to try and be social, which makes them to want to meet someone and become close with them.
and then there’s May..
The movie for today’s edition of weird’oween, we follow a young – yet eccentric – woman named May, who has been traumatized by a difficult childhood, which leads into her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her. Stephanie and I watched this movie last night [first time she’s ever seen it, even if I’ve seen it a dozen times!] and our living room was filled with comments like “she’s so fucking weird!” and “what is she doing?!” [usually coming from Stephanie] But I digress. I like to believe May was just misunderstood, who was brought up to believe that people are meant to be perfect. [thanks, Mom!] But as we learn, people aren’t perfect – only parts of them are..
Like I said, May is weird; like, really weird. It all started when May was a child: a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends. except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her seemingly perfectionist mother on her birthday when she was only a kid. Naturally because of this, May becomes a lonely young woman, working in an animal hospital, assisting the Veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. If that’s not enough, her lesbian co-worker Polly has a sort of attraction for her.. It’s only when the shy May meets mechanic Adam Stubbs, she almost immediately “loves his hands” and develops a crush on him. They date, if only for a little bit, but the strange and bizarre behavior of May makes Adam push away. Alone and scared, May has a [very] brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected [again] when her colleague meets a typical looking blonde named Ambrosia, someone who Polly swears is just “a thing she has to hit up”. When her precious doll is accidentally broken free of it’s glass cage, the deranged May comes to the conclusion that she has no choice but to build a friend – using the best parts that only the people she’s become so estranged to can offer her!
Although the reviews I write on here are [generally] strictly horror, May is different than that. Sure, it’s labelled as a horror film, but is it really? At first, it’s a romance, but then again; maybe it’s a thriller. Sometimes, it has comedic elements, so making it feel like it’s some kind of comedy, but light-hearted jokes or is there a darker undertone? The truth is, May doesn’t aspire to fit into one label, it lives in a world that’s beyond them and that’s just what makes a film like this work so well.
The other interesting thing about the movie is that, the Director, Lucky McKee makes it look easy.. He has crafted a fascinating look into the eyes of a crazy person, by doing something that sounds like it should be difficult: allowing us to see that small part of ourselves that is hidden within May. Let’s be honest for a second, we’ve all at one time or another been treated like complete trash, whether it’s being made fun of, being laughed at, and maybe some of us have gone over the deep end. McKee makes us, as viewers, feel pity for May even if we really shouldn’t have. [Did I mention that this is his first feature film?] She’s weird, she’s prone to violent tendencies, but yet – we feel bad when Adam tells her that they can’t be together.. that it “isn’t right.” May is a powerful movie, and easily one of the best horror films I’ve seen, but by the films end; it’s also fairly depressing: the only way May can find a friend is by killing those around her, to “create” her own version of a person. It’s the kind of movie that makes you realize how painfully alone people can actually be, and you know what? I like that fact. I like it a lot. It shows us that even the most deranged of person can have feelings too; even if they doesn’t know how to show them.
To put it simply, this is a film that starts out a little slow; but May, both as a movie and a character, will manage to get under your skin and leave a little cold shiver behind. If only to remind you that, sometimes, it’s hard to trust a girl with a doll collection and a history of being awkward. If there’s anything to take from this movie, remember what May‘s mother told her:
“if you can’t find a friend; make one!”
Even if May is from 2002, [making this movie over 13 years old!] this film is easily one of those movies that you either love, or hate. What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you enjoy Bettis‘ acting in it? Or was May just too weird for you? Let me know in a comment or two! I for one, love her in this film – and she deserves to be recognized for it! Also, if you have an idea for the next weirdo’ween review please let me know which movie[s] you want to see next! If you found yourself to enjoy this particular review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! Join me tomorrow when I talk about weirdo’ween #07! STAY TUNED!
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