The Guardian has reviewed The Little Hours and gave the movie 3 out 5 stars. I can’t wait to see this movie!
Read the review and watch the trailer below:
Rather like 2011’s Your Highness, the initial gimmick proudly, even boastfully, revealed in The Little Hours is based on the notion that medieval characters can be just as puerile as their contemporary counterparts. Within seconds of the titles ending, 14th-century nuns are swearing, shouting, vandalizing and attacking any local man naive enough to look their way. But the test here – and it’s one that Danny McBride’s misjudged comic fantasy failed at – is whether the film can sustain itself beyond mere shock value.
It’s Garfagnana, 1347 and at a remote convent, where three young nuns are all struggling with the restrictions of their setting. Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) is sour-faced, curse-spewing and trouble-making; Alessandra (Alison Brie) has been forced by her rich father to choose a life of embroidery and celibacy over romance; and Geneva (Kate Micucci) is a sexually confused and desperately bored gossip. After handsome young gardener Massetto (Dave Franco) starts working alongside them, their behavior spirals out of control.
It’s difficult not to gain at least a smidgen of pleasure from seeing Plaza – finally finding her big-screen footing with this and pitch-black Instagram comedy Ingrid Goes West – as a foul-mouthed nun causing mayhem. It’s hardly a stretch, playing into her skill for eye-rolling comic turns, but she remains for now an unusually compelling presence, her constant death stare and endless flow of fucks wonderfully contrasted with the primness of her habit.