‘Fresh’ | Sundance 2022 Review

Directed By:

Mimi Cave

Written By:

Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, Scott Cooper


Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Charlotte Le Bon, Andrea Bang, Dayo Okeniyi


Horror, Thriller

Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is tired of all of the failed dates she’s went on through dating apps. The guys that appear in her life seem to always be on a different frequency than her. That is until Steve (Sebastian Stan) and her meet by accident at a local grocery store. Steve is a quirky yet charming man who convinces Noa to go out with him, and after a couple dates Noa thinks she may have found the one. But what she doesn’t know is Steve’s extracurricular business ventures may lead her to a bloody, gruesome end.

Fresh debuted at Sundance this year, and is probably the most fun I had of any other film in the festival lineup. I was delighted by the slow reveal of the films true tone and consistently engaged. Not only is Daisy Edgar-Jones fantastic in her role, but Sebastian Stan may have given his best performance here as a dancing in the kitchen sociopath who looks like he’s having the time of his life. Steve really is the perfect guy for Noa, aside from being insane. I love how the writers continued to explore their relationship in meaningful ways, and the two’s chemistry is crackling with energy.

The films tone takes on a American Psycho vibe, making Steve a character you love to hate. His love for 80’s pop as he dances around his kitchen is one of the best scenes of the film. The music in Fresh are well selected and I immediately went looking for a Spotify playlist (of course, it was already created) to start jamming out to.

The ending is somewhat satisfying, if this were shown at a theater I’m sure it would’ve garnered a few gasps and exclamations, and it’s left in a way that we could potentially see more. Overall, I recommend checking this out.

Rating: 9 out of 10.
Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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