The most recent in Netflix’s crowded month of Halloween choices, Evening Enamel brings a stylized vampire story that favors thrills over chills. An unwitting protagonist finds himself a fish out of water when dragged into the ultra-cool glitz and glamor of Los Angeles’s nightlife and thrust into the center of a vampiric coup d’etat. Nevertheless it retains its most fun components relegated to the background, or worse, in favor of an anemic romance and acquainted carpe diem narrative.
Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) lives along with his Abuela and doesn’t have a lot social life. When his brother Jay (Raúl Castillo) makes a shock look at dwelling, Benny talks him into letting him take over for the evening at Jay’s chauffeur gig for a fast technique of incomes money. His duties for the night means choosing up and escorting two mysterious girls, Blaire (Debby Ryan) and Zoe (Lucy Fry), across the city for the evening, checking off an inventory of events throughout Los Angeles. However Benny quickly finds himself in over his head when he discovers that Blaire and Zoe are bloodsucking vixens on a mission that includes ending vampire peace. Surviving till daybreak would possibly show tough.
A gap sequence that options Jay and villainous vamp Victor (Alfie Allen) units up the overarching plot and emotional stakes earlier than introducing Evening Enamel’s protagonist. However these stakes by no means actually quantity to something and units the priority for the movie’s anemic world-building. Jay and Victor are crucial gamers within the underground supernatural battle, however Evening Enamel prefers to inform over present. The opposing characters sometimes pop up right here and there to provide transient glimpses of a bigger battle occurring. Nonetheless, the main target stays on Benny discovering this world via his bloodthirsty passengers.
As charming as Lendenborg Jr. is as Benny, the draw back is that screenwriter Brent Dillon and director Adam Randall solely tease at a way more fascinating world than the one introduced. A peripheral scene that includes Alfie confronting vampire royalty (Megan Fox and Sydney Sweeney) cuts away earlier than the motion, keen to leap proper again to Benny’s dilemma of studying to embrace life whereas making an attempt to rein in highly effective murderesses.
It doesn’t assist that Benny’s ethical conundrum feels acquainted. His sluggish realization of vampires, their powers, and management of town via an prosperous hierarchy is paying homage to comparable tales that see normies uncover an underground world of the supernatural. Even Benny’s attraction to Blaire feels telecast in a manner that’s inorganic and sleepy, regardless of taking part in a pivotal position within the movie’s occasions. Each single vampire, save for a quick wildcard look by Alexander Ludwig, performs their characters with the identical one-note aloofness that makes them indistinguishable on a personality degree.
What Evening Enamel lacks in substance it makes up for in model. The setup means Benny whisks his purchasers from set piece to set piece, showcasing Los Angeles extra and neon-lit nightlife. He zips Blaire and Zoe alongside from high-end get together to high-end get together, they usually typically end in bloodshed, gunfights, and loss of life. Randall retains Benny’s journey visually fascinating, at the least.
Regardless of a likable lead and a consistently shifting narrative, Evening Enamel lacks chew. Not even an beautiful manufacturing design can distract from the underbaked world-building and a predictable story. Lots of its supporting gamers are underutilized, and worse, many sleepwalk via their components when not forgotten. That sums up your entire viewing expertise; aesthetically pleasing however sucked dry of any life.
Evening Enamel releases on Netflix on October 20, 2021.