Woodshock (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

Woodshock (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lionsgate Films

This thriller stars Kristen Dunst playing a haunted young woman who spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.

Slow and steady is the pace here in Kristen Dunst new thriller, Woodshock! This movie deals with the darker side of selling pot to people, as we watch Kristen’s character take a bit of a slow and trippy decent following the death of her mother. She’s already in a bad way, she does some stuff wrong at the shop, people end up dead and that sets forth the drama we have for the remainder of the film. While I can certainly appreciate the weirder side of the film and artsy cues it seems to take from time to time, I’m not sure I’d call this my type of movie at the end of the day. I’ve always been a fan of Kristen Dunst and she gives a very Kristen Dunst performance here. We get some other support from such names as Pilou Asbæk and Joe Cole with more of the film’s drama revolving around those characters but the movie might just be a bit slow for my taste in films.

The movie does look nice and it shows here in HD. I guess they wanted to toss in some of the cool look and such for some atmosphere and to match the movie’s subject matter. You can tell that the movie was made with the full intent of being more arthouse than anything else and that is where it dwells most the time despite some more thriller elements that at times can border on the line of horror. I do like those parts and wish we had a better pace with more than that. So, while I wouldn’t call this a movie I’d reach for a lot, I can see where more harder thinking movie fans would be more inclined to enjoy what it has to offer and those would be the people I’d suggest might want to check this one out the most. Still, it has good performances and looks really good. That’s always a plus!


– Making Woodshock: A Mental Landscape
– Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 98%