Child’s Play (2019) Non-Spoiler Movie Review
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So let me start by saying this…. although this summer has been filled with reboots, sequels, prequels and spin-offs this film surprisingly stood out amongst the rest the film i’m talking about today is Child’s Play 2019. I did enjoy this movie it has a lot to offer and really is just a fun time at the movies if you want to get scared a little and also laugh as well. This movie is something you can just enjoy it’s not a think piece it’s just a good old fashioned horror slasher.
Child's Play is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith, serving as a remake and reboot of the 1988 film of the same title. The film stars Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, with Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, following a family that is terrorized by a high-tech doll that rejects its programming, becoming self-aware and murderous.
So the positives about this movie are it’s story, performances and creative kills they go for. They really went full out with this reboot and I love the direction they took it. So I wanted to highlight the main actor Gabriel Bateman who plays the lead Andy. Bateman, in this role reminded me of Asher Angel in Shazam a bit but a lot more intense and more on his shoulders due to the fact that he’s a young actor having to carry this movie throughout with a doll no less. He really knows how to make you empathize with him and his relationship with his mother and her new boyfriend whose arc is so funny but not in the way that you think. Another highlight for the film was Chucky himself this time voiced by Mark Hamill. Hamill’s voice shines through in this iteration of Chucky he made you fall in love with Chucky while still making his looming evil present without beating it over the head. He really brought a bit more personality than I thought he’d bring. Plaza and Tyree Henry also did amazing but the script really didn’t utilize the two to their best potential but nonetheless they were amazing too. The story really resonates with today it almost gives off the black mirror vibe right from the beginning and you’ll understand why if you see it. It carries this Spielbergian esque E.T and Elliot relationship with Chucky and Andy throughout the film. While also slowly giving us a taste of where it’s going. Not to mention the way Chucky starts to off these people is really worth the bang for your buck. From christmas lights to the extravagant finale battle Chucky still proves how scary he is and how great he still is as he was in the original. I was worried about the human aspect of his character being taken away but i’m glad that they went this way with the character and it really does work for the film.
The negatives would be the writing at times. The tone was incredibly off as well it seemed like it wanted to be this hopeful Poltergeist like horror film and a weird parody comedy at the same time it took me a bit to get used to but you do get with it after a few minutes. The reason I bring this up is because sometimes the dim dialogue tends to stilt the movie or put it on pause as if the actors know what they’re saying doesn’t really come out correct but then again I just went with it and you’ll be able to as well it’s not the most terrible script it just needed a bit more work In my opinion.
So in conclusion, I’ll give Child’s Play a 7/10 was worth the ticket but might not be for everyone if you’re looking to turn off your brain and have a little fun at the movies then this movie might be for you. It’s funny, fresh and it's a good time so check it out and let me know what you think..
Written By William Christian Praise