The Perfect Host
Warwick Wilson: You can’t kill me, I’m having a dinner party.
First and foremost, I think that The Perfect Host is quite possibly one of the weirdest experiences I’ve had watching a film. Now, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. I quite enjoyed this. It’s an offbeat, strange, and psychologically deranged film, that is a lot of fun to watch, and it seems like the actors were having a swell time as well. There are many moments of wit, humor, all because of some pretty terrific writing. David Hyde Pierce was easily the greatest thing about this, in one of his best performances that consists of torturing a con artist and dancing on the table with imaginary people at an imaginary dinner party. I did have a few gripes with this film; most notably the uncoordinated pacing, but that is made up by a terrific performance from Pierce and a pretty stunning script, along with a surprising twist, which is why it was very enjoyable watching The Perfect Host.
Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) is having a great day. He’s having a lot of fun preparing for a dinner party tonight with all his good friends. John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is having a bad day. He’s having a lot of trouble escaping from the police for stealing, and goes to a house to retreat. That house happens to be Warwick’s house, and when Warwick finds out, the tables seem to turn, and he captures John for torture, and to be the guest of honor at his much anticipated dinner party. Obviously, John thinks he’s crazy, especially when he learns that there are no guests at the dinner party, but Warwick sees imaginary people and interacts with them, literally. So now it’s lunatic vs. sane, and John realizes it’s not so easy to escape.
David Hyde Pierce. That’s the best thing about this film. He’s appeared in greats such as the much celebrated TV show ‘Frasier’, and had a small role in ‘Hellboy’. This is his definitive role, not only in a while, but in his entire career. His character is really crazy one, I mean a REALLY crazy one. I can’t imagine any other actor taking his place. Pierce is very demented in his role, but also has quite a bit of wit and [dark] humor that is perfect for the film, and really ties everything together in the end. His lines are extremely quotable and quite memorable, however, not very suitable for any conversation. Anyway, this is a terrific performance that is ingenious and incredible.
It’s pretty hard to stand out in a film with David Hyde Pierce, but I still had a lot of fun with these younger actors. They were all very good in their roles, particularly Clayne Crawford, who was pretty great in this. I really liked the fact that his character John was playing the “I’m cool, your not” criminal, but fast-forward twenty minutes later, he’s not cool, and the real criminal is screwing him up pretty bad. Aside from him, Megahn Perry was fine in her role, but didn’t get much screen time so there isn’t much to say. It was also nice to see Helen Reddy back on the screen as Warwicks neighbor, as she has not acted in over 20 years. The best of the supporting cast was George Cheung, with a magnificent and hilarious cameo.
Nick Tomnay wrote and directed this quirky film. As for me, I absolutely adored the script. I found it to be flawless, riveting, outstanding, and just any other word that can describe something as amazing as I found this to be. Not only does Tomnay have a big load of suspense in his dashing script, and an excellent twist that ties it all together in the end. Now his directing style is genius and unique, but also has some issues. I found that the pacing was awful, and horribly executed. There are a couple of scenes that tend to drag on forever, and never seem to get anywhere, which was quite annoying and definitely effects the final outcome of the film, but doesn’t stop the overall enjoyment of it.
As I said, this is a very fun film, and funny at times. David Hyde Pierce is clearly the main man of the film, but there are still some pretty good ensemble performances here, that are just plain terrific. With brilliant direction from Nick Tomnay and a stellar script that also came from him, and a series of pretty disturbingly quirky moments, The Perfect Host is not a perfect film, but it is a perfectly good time had from watching it.
The Perfect Host = 4 out of 5