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16th of November 2018

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Review: ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ Finds Peter Dinklage at the End of His World

A haunting first half can’t offset the absurd ending of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” a post-apocalyptic tale with a late plot twist that feels as if it comes out of left field. And right field. And center field, the stands and the dugout, too.

VideoA preview of the film.Published OnSept. 4, 2018

Set in a desolate small town in New York, the story finds Del (Peter Dinklage) as the survivor of a plague that has apparently killed all other humans. To pass his days he buries the dead, cleans their homes and returns their books to the library, quirky actions meant to create a sense of order in his life. One day, Grace (Elle Fanning) appears, asking lots of questions but offering few answers of her own. After a grudging start, the two become friends.

Reed Morano, the director, creates an aching sense of melancholy through shadowy scenes and empty spaces. As the characters quietly go about their days, their solitude becomes palpable. Ms. Morano also helps foster a convincing chemistry between Mr. Dinklage and Ms. Fanning, as well as some dark humor.

Yet Mike Makowsky’s script throws in a baffling third act that mixes with the rest of the film the way prune juice mixes with white wine. It’s possible that Mr. Makowsky was reaching for a Lynchian sense of the uncanny (or more likely, overreaching for an allegory). But as written, such a turn can’t be pulled off, even with these exceptional actors. Indeed, as in the world of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” everything was going quite well, right before it all went wrong.

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