New review: “A twisted genre pinball machine that requires a strong stomach”

If you’ve reached the stage of reading a review, you can’t walk into Fresh with the innocent ignorance that would make the film the toughest. It can’t be lived in a vacuum, corn that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. And for many viewers, it will benefit to be warned that it goes to dark places and requires a very strong stomach…

For starters, it’s a straightforward romantic comedy, with Noa (Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones) disillusioned with the modern app-centric dating scene. Cue a cute supermarket encounter with Steve (Sebastian Stan) over cotton candy grapes, where a warm and vibrant connection ensues. Of course there is a parcel more to Steve than his charming fruit pattern and killer smile.

With its twists, gross moments, dark midnight humor and scathing commentary on contemporary gender dynamics, Fresh is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. The protagonists impressively handle the varied demands the storyline places on them, while Jojo T. Gibbs is a force to be reckoned with as Noa’s best friend.

Leading director Mimi Cave and screenwriter Lauren Kahn maintain a firm grip on the tonal shifts, ensuring the messages don’t drown out the entertainment factor. These are, yes, new voices from filmmakers who will no doubt be watched closely after providing so much to chew on here.

Fresh is available now on Hulu in the US and hits Disney Plus UK on March 18. For more, check out the best movies on Disney Plus available right now.

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