Childs Play (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | June 21st, 2019
Childs Play (2019) stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, Tim Matheson, and Mark Hamill as Chucky. A reboot from the 1988 classic with the same name. A young mother (Karen Barclay) and her son Andy move into a new place, trying to get him to make friends she brings home a Buddi Doll and soon after the doll begins learn, with no limitations Chucky wreaks havoc on the Barclay family.
Remember that killer doll? No, not Annabelle, the one with personality. Chucky is back and he’s in the cloud. All this sounds like a terrible reimagining of the original which has become a horror icon in his own right, alongside Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger. No, this film is actually entertaining to watch and although it doesn’t resemble the original at all it does have elements that keep it fresh and fun. The kills are a staple in the Child’s Play franchise with all the fun ways Chucky usually kills his victims from rulers to other toys. In this film, since Chucky is connected to the cloud he has control over other Kaslan technology. As if a doll with a knife wasn’t scary enough, now he can call you a Uber ride from hell ( 0 Stars). Now, Chucky doesn’t work is a) he isn’t creepy so applause they got that down, but b) his voice which I mean A+ for scoring one of the best voiceover artists this generation has seen or more specifically heard.. Mark Hamill! Mark Hamill’s voice in this film is creepy and sometimes sincere in the way he approaches his ‘love’ and devotion for Andy. Although he’s basically just an A.I. gone bad he has qualities that make you like him and even feel for the little guy. He only wants to see Andy happy which is a huge departure from the original. Andy in this film is a bit older and so walking with and talking to a doll is sometimes a little strange but after the first few minutes when we get montage scenes of Chucky and Andy playing practical jokes and hanging out you get that sense of loneliness that Andy feels. Aubrey Plaza playing a mother for the first time was especially an adjustment, you do get tender moments with the two (Andy & Karen Barclay) but most of the film is spent on Andy’s and Chucky’s relationship and what goes wrong with it.
Overall the film has a great sense of awareness for what it is, its campy when it needs to be and a straight horror film with a bunch of scares and kills that take this version of Chucky to a whole new direction. Brian Tyree Henry is good in the film, he plays Detective Mike Norris and his chemistry with Gabriel Bateman is great. One criticism I have is that Mike Norris’ character isn’t featured as much so when things happen to his character I don’t feel a huge connection. The Andy-Chucky relationship is written well enough and make it believable enough for those characters to act the way they do. Hamill again is a voice work genius. If Woody from Toy Story makes you feel nice and warm, Chucky creeps you the hell out.