These days, audiences have become inundated with apocalyptic tales of flesh-eating monsters, widespread panic, and crushing loneliness. Despite the zombie genre remaining one of the most popular in Hollywood today, Peter Dinklage’s foray into the apocalyptic film niche is a slow, meditative take on the joy of solitude. The film I Think We’re Alone Now is available to stream now on Hulu.
Peter Dinklage stars in a very different take on the apoclypse in I Think We’re Alone Now, streaming on Hulu.
I Think We’re Alone Now stars Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, and Academy Award winner Paul Giamatti in a solemn meditation on loneliness that will leave audiences shocked and sobbing. Dinklage is, of course, best known for his incredible work on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as major placements in a number of other franchises such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Avengers: Infinity War, and Elf.
Unlike Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning got her start in Hollywood films as a child actor, first appearing as a younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning’s character in a flashback scene in the film I Am Sam. In the years since, Fanning has become an incredible performer, appearing in such films as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, We Bought A Zoo, Maleficent, and Mary Shelley.
I Think We’re Alone Now centers on Peter Dinklage’s Del, a misanthropic loner with poor social skills who lives alone in a small town. After venturing out on what he believes is a typical Tuesday afternoon, Del soon realizes that an apocalyptic event has swept the world, somehow killing nearly every human where they stand. Though this revelation would be enough to drive the average person to the brink of insanity, Del is relieved to find peace, quiet, and tranquility in the solitary life that awaits him.
After spending some time burying the dead, gathering supplies, and reveling in his own company, Peter Dinklage encounters a young woman who was also mysteriously left untouched by the event. Grace, played by Elle Fanning, embodies the spirit of the average person experiencing this kind of world-shaking event, having spent her time in solitude getting drunk, destroying things, and trying to cope with the loss of the world as she once knew it.
Peter Dinklage in I Think We’re Alone Now forces the audience to wonder, what if the only surivor of an apocalypse is a jerk?
Of course, Peter Dinklage’s character initially has no interest in sharing his time or space with Grace, who poses as a noisy and erratic presence in his life, though the pair agree to stay in town together as a precautionary measure, fearing the worst for the surrounding landscape. After Del and Grace spend some time together, their relationship begins to ebb and flow as they continue to see both the good and the bad in each other’s companionship.
Eventually, it is revealed that Grace’s parents, as portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Antichrist’s Charlotte Gainsbourg, are still alive and have located a survivors colony in the country which touts a population of thousands. Peter Dinklage refuses to join them, as his solitary lifestyle is the first time he has ever experienced any true joy, causing a rift between himself and Grace. Before long, however, it is revealed that something is mysteriously wrong with Grace’s parents and that the survivor’s colony is not as idyllic as it claims to be.
After discovering a series of dark secrets in the colony, Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning set off to be alone together once more, having finally found comfort and solace in each other’s company. Though I Think We’re Alone Now received mixed reviews from critics, most note that the performances from the leading duo are the film’s greatest achievement, though the plot and writing could likely have benefited from another draft.
Peter Dinklage will soon star in The Toxic Avenger reboot, premiring next month at Fantastic Fest.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2018, when Game of Thrones was arguably at the height of its popularity. Securing Peter Dinklage was obviously an incredible feat for the filmmakers, especially considering Dinklage already had commitments to film Avengers: Infinity War and My Dinner With Hervé that year.
In the years since I Think We’re Alone Now premiered, Peter Dinklage has found major success in a number of projects, including I Care A Lot, Cyrano, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and even a brief voice role in an episode of Rick and Morty.
Dinklage is also set to star in the upcoming Toxic Avenger reboot, which is expected to premiere at the Fantasy Fest film festival next month. If you’re looking to binge through the best Peter Dinklage films before the release of the new Toxic Avenger movie, be sure to catch, I Think We’re Alone Now, which is available to stream on Hulu.