Movie Title: The Boy
Rating: PG-13, 1 hour 37 minutes
In a Nutshell: Creepy. Directed by William Brent Bell, this suspense horror could have gone in a much more interesting direction. Oh well.
- Ummm.....don't be a nanny for people who pay you to babysit their weird doll?
Things I liked:
- Walking Dead fans will enjoy watching Lauren Cohan.
- Creepy music and sound effects.
- You’ll never listen to the Brahms Lullaby the same way again.
- There is a twist at the end, but nothing we haven't actually seen before. I saw a movie with a similar ending many years ago. For what it's worth, I haven't forgotten that movie because it disturbed me so much. This one isn't done as well though.
Things I didn’t like:
- Full of plenty clichéd jump scares.
- Come on! Turn the lights on! Much of the movie is in the dark.
- OF COURSE there is a storm. OF COURSE the telephone doesn’t work when you need it to.
- SPOILER ALERT: Lots of running around in the dark. (yawn)
- It leaves an opening for a sequel. No thank you.
- Like the movie “The Sixth Sense”, the color red is used a lot, although I didn't catch any great symbolism in this film.
- Once you get to the end of the movie, you realize that a lot of things that happened simply didn't make sense.
- “It’s something out of a story book, isn’t it?” – Greta Yeah, like a horror story. Hasn’t she learned to never go inside creepy looking houses? Actually, I stayed in a home in England that looked a lot like that. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.
- “You could have warned me you know?” – Greta “And ruin the surprise?” – Rupert Evans (Malcolm)
- “Be good to him and he’ll be good to you. Be bad to him…” – Mr. Heelshire (Jim Norton)
- “Music gives him so much joy. It’s his world.” - Mrs. Heelshire (Diana Hardcastle)
- Tips for parents:
- For a horror movie, there is no blood and gore. Yay.
- There is some fighting & stabbing, mostly bloodless.
- You could talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships with your kids.