Nick Tomnay wrote, directed and edited The Perfect Host. This is a triple threat you don’t often see (the unions don’t allow it.) As somebody who loves visionaries, control freaks and auteurs as well as cold opens I was jacked to see this had both. The more a single name pops up in the opening credits (not producers) the happier I am.
I like David Hyde Peirce as much as the next guy (lukewarm), but he was fantastic as Warwick Wilson. I have to assume that the script was written for him from the start. Part Kevin Spacey, part Buffalo Bill and entirely awesome, the former costar of Frasier was at times unrecognizable.
The Perfect Host is by no means a perfect movie and it comes as no huge surprise that this is Tomnay’s first feature. There were some shots that were beyond that of an independent film and were bordering on student as well as some plot holes and loose ends (like what ever happened to John’s foot?) But what worked, worked well. The storyline worked on two levels with genuine intrigue in both the present timeline as well as the flashbacks. Those of us who enjoyed Hard Candy or Swimming with Sharks are sure to recognize some common themes and style. Host is a fun watch and I look forward to anything that Tomnay may write, direct and or edit in the future.
Should Watch, 4 of 5
Must Watch = 5 0f 5
Should Watch = 4 of 5
Could Watch = 3 of 5
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5