The Guest: Dan Stevens—surprisingly ripped—total action star material
More fabulous reviews and photos have been appearing online after last night's Sundance screening of The Guest. Wire Image has some lovely cast portraits, while a few photos and brief videos have been shared on Instagram.
The Guest is its own beast, proving Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens—surprisingly ripped—to be total action star material, as he busts up bad guys and good guys alike. At a midnight Sundance screening, Wingard and Barrett’s movie brought down the house, hitting beats of jaw-dropping violence and intentional overacting with absolute grace. The Guest is big, it’s bold, it’s badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters. How hard can it be?! They did it in the ’80s. Vanity Fair
Let's start simple: The Cast. To my great shame, I have not watched more than the first two or three episodes of Downton Abbey, so I'm late to the party on this Dan Stevens guy, but he is the lead of this movie and knocks it out of the park. I'm talking flashes of Risky Business-era Tom Cruise charm mixed with moments of Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner menace. He's going to be a massive star someday soon and I don't even feel nervous making a huge declaration like that based solely on seeing one performance of his. He's that good in this. His is the title character, a man who shows up on the doorstep of a family in mourning, claiming to be a squad member of their KIA son. There's something a little too nice and kind about this guy and immediately my brain started laying track as to where this could go. He was surely some kind of con artist or worse, some kind of psychopath... Ain't It Cool