- Origin: 17/25
- Story: 14/25
- Camera/SFX: 16/25
- Performance: 21/25
A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
- Rated: R (Bloody violence and language throughout)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by: Lars Klevberg
- Written by: Tyler Burton Smith
- Release date: 21st June, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 90 minutes
- Studio: Orion Pictures
|Aubrey Plaza||Karen Barclay|
|Mark Hamill||Chucky (Voice)|
|Gabriel Bateman||Andy Barclay|
|Brian Tyree Henry||Detective Mike Norris|
|Tim Matheson||Henry Kaslan|
I found it quite clever how they reimagined the original film. They used the same characters and setting, but this time, Chucky was made differently. I’m very confused at how any random worker can just change the coding for the toy and make them into psycho killers. The technology topic brought it right into the 21st century, rather than voodoo being magic to us, so is technology.
This film was foreshadow central, it sat there for most the film going “yeah thats how that person is going to die”. Theres doing clever sly foreshadowing and theres doing in your face all the time foreshadowing. By the way, this is far from a horror film, its more of a comedy with lots of gore. The film makes you laugh, more than makes you cry. Not all the jokes laugh however, leaving an awkward pause for the next scene.
I liked how Chucky looked and sounded, Mark Hamill did a great job, like always. I loved how they made Chucky learn over time, it built up tension and built the pace of the film up. The more he learnt the more you could see killer tendencies. I didn’t like the other CGI toys however near the end, they just looked ridiculous and it took away from the tension.
As I said before, Mark Hamill had an amazing voice for this iconic character and made sure that it rivalled the original voice. A surprising performance from Gabriel Bateman made the bond with Chucky seemed quite real, he definitely didn’t disappoint. Overall, it was an interesting cast, Aubrey Plaza was great and so was Brian Tyree Henry. Others down the hierarchy however just didn’t cut it, some of the other kids were lost and out performed by Gabriel. Also, some of the death scenes were a bit too stupid and made you think what kind of dumb people put themselves in those situations.