It Comes at Night is amazing! Just all around: the direction, the performances, the concept, the writing. This is a solid A film.
The film is a thought-provoking and hauntingly suspenseful examination of trust, desperation, and survival. It asks the audience: What would and should you do to keep yourself and your family safe in a post-apocalyptic world? Trey Edward Shults has succeeded in delivering an engrossing, claustrophobic, and atmospheric character study that left me with my mouth open for most of its running time.
Honestly the only faults I can think of are its misleading title and misleading marketing. With a title like It Comes at Night, one can't help but go into this movie expecting to discover what "It" is. The trailers also propel this line of thinking. However, this is not that kind of movie. There is no monster or tangible "It". Instead of looking to what's outside of the house, the movie makes you look to what's inside each one of us in our most desperate states. I don't think this is spoiler, but rather a helpful tip for those that haven't seen the movie yet. In reading other people's reactions, the negative commentary has mostly been about expectations not being met because there was no "It".
This movie is not for everyone. I'm sure many will find the lack of answers and arguably slow pace off-putting. However, if you come (at night haha) with an open mind then I'm sure you'll be thoroughly satisfied while sitting at the edge of your seat. A short way to describe this would be that it's a mix between 2015's The Witch and 2009's The Road. I loved it!