Review of They/Them

Review of They/Them ...

The way the film takes turns out to be a traditional slasher film, but it makes up for it in its representation of the LGBTQ+ community as the heroes.

They/Them encompasses a number of director John Logan's interests in his feature film directorial debut. He has previously worked on Penny Dreadful, Sweeny Todd, Red, and Skyfall. The film lacks substance and is overly emotional with its plot.

They/Them starts off with a promising start. A woman drives along an isolated road in the middle of the night. Her only companion is her audiobook's haunting words, and she is without cell service. The rustling of the woods creates an even more enticing backdrop. The filmmaker unveils the killer's true motives by the end of the film.

The film's biggest flaw is its pacing. After the horrific start of They/Them, the film seems to forget about its perpetrator. The film's actual suspense does not kick in until a third of the way into It, led by Owen (Kevin Bacon), and it is short-lived. Instead, They/Them relies on the already cryptic atmosphere of the conversion camp, which they all know isn't as lucrative as it appears.

The camp's simplicity makes the teens the most suspicious, and it is with their suspicions that They/Them is at their greatest strength, as shown in the sequence where they all sing and dance to P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect." This scene is what brings all of the campers together, including Stu (Theo Germaine), who was the most reticent to discussing his sexuality and why he was attending the camp. Both transitions provide an insight into the transgender community's

They/Them's strengths are in its exploration of identity and acceptance. It's also a film worth seeing because of its organic connection with Veronica. Toby (Austin Crute) and Stu's bond are much deeper but have a powerful message.

They/Them is a film stuffed with complicated characters that might have benefited from a little more screen time. Instead, They/Them could have borrowed a Jordan Peele strategy and relied on its already tense environment to create a stronger spooky film. Not Stu's horrific Gabriel revelation, however, they/them might have focused more on its LGBTQ+ characters and on releasing a stronger horror film.

Peacock is now streaming with They/Them.