As with my analysis’s it comes as no surprise to people that know me that I love films that leave important plot points up to interpretation, and I enjoyed It Comes At Night. It was a film that was bleak, uses a lot of visual storytelling and leaves a lot up in the air for interpretation. It has brilliant writing (which somehow has you on everyone’s side at once) and likable characters. There is an amazing form of beauty to the camerawork that is captivating.
If you haven’t seen this movie, I would completely recommend it. But don’t watch any of the trailers or advertising. Everyone’s problem with this movie is the way they were first sold on it. Let’s start from the beginning. The first time I saw this movie I was waiting for whatever monster that was hinted at in the trailer and posters for the movie. I was disappointed to see that there was no real entity in the film. As the title “It Comes At Night” sounds like they are talking about a creature that hunts at night, and the trailers definitely hinted at the same thing. I believe A24 (The company producing all advertising for the film) misinterpreted what title meant (or tried to market the film to a larger audience) and what Trey Shults was trying to get across with this film. The movie is definitely about the nature of humans trapped in close quarters. So I went and saw this movie a second time, knowing that there was no monster. I ended up having a much better time. And if people who haven’t seen this movie go in blind they will have a much better time. I know I did.