A criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary.
Writers: Nick Tomnay, Krishna Jones
Director: Nick Tomnay
Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford and Nathaniel Parker
Runtime: 93 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter
Wait a second, that’s not the Dr. Niles Crane that I remember! Somewhat of a “diamond in the Netflix on demand rough” my brother and I stumbled upon The Perfect Host. Written and directed by up and comer Nick Tomnay and staring David Hyde Pierce, this movie takes you on quite an unsuspected ride.
I went into this movie knowing nothing about it and not even familiar with it before the night started. I only knew that before he won the role, David Hyde Pierce had desperately wanted to play this part. I did not know why or what the character even was. I think that is the best way to go into this film.
The writing is not perfect. There are some eye rolling lines and scenes that make you realize this isn’t a high budget blockbuster suspense thriller. The little things in a script that lower budget productions will keep, that wouldn’t make it past big budget films additional proof readers. Fortunately for the film, and the viewer, they are few and far enough between that the movie still flows and engages you throughout.
The performance by Hyde Pierce is spectacular. It is a part that leads you in different directions and he carries you each and every different way with great expertise. The other significant actor in the movie is Clayne Crawford (Wristcutters: A Love Story). He is so much of a “Leo look alike” I had to keep reminding myself who I was watching. He does, however, have a tougher look than his doppelganger Leo and that pays off in this part. I thought he carried the part very nicely.
Without telling you anymore, I recommend finding this thriller in the growing database of good Netflix watch now options. It will keep you anticipating the next move all the way until the final credits roll and the title song hits.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.