The “Barbarian” thematic content is one that plays out in a way that demands a great deal of credit from the filmmaker, and Cregger is more than earning it. The movie starts with Tess ending so AJ’s movie can begin. At first, seemingly disconnected, you realize that AJ’s presence is an important part of this messy puzzle.
Not only does he act as a chancellor for Tess’s fate, but he’s also the subject of Cregger’s entire filmography. The seemingly never-ending underground tunnels with the remnants of generations of abuse scattered throughout. Before getting caught up in the horror of his rental car, AJ both admitted to raping the unnamed actor while intoxicated with his hometown friend.
AJ and Frank, while different in presentation, are similar in theme, as both use women against their will to fulfill their impulsive desires. It’s also no surprise that the basement itself is the perfect metaphor for the lingering trauma that lingers as a result of sexual assault. The stone man, and the real horror, is that this basement could belong to any humble man, literally and figuratively.
AJ’s lengthy introductory scene upon receiving news from his agent may be deviating from the movie we’re watching. But when things start to settle down, you realize what Cregger just did. Patience is the name of the game when it comes to “Barbarian,” and boy, does it work.
“Barbarian” is currently showing in theaters.
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