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FILM REVIEW: Child's Play okay but nothing like Chucky original


By Spalding Today Columnist


SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUX PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW

CAST: AUBREY PLAZA, GABRIEL BATEMAN, BRIAN TYREE HENRY, DAVID LEWIS, AMBER TAYLOR, TIM MATHESON & THE VOICE OF MARK HAMILL

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 30 MINS

DIRECTOR: LARS KLEVBERG

Child's Play (13034765)
Child's Play (13034765)

It’s Child’s Play... but not as we know it.

This remake of the 1988 horror film received criticism way before the movie was even released. Once people had seen what the all-new killer doll looked like, hashtags such as #NotMyChucky dominated the Internet.

I must admit that I wasn’t particularly thrilled at first by the idea of the film makers dramatically changing a title character. Regardless, I went into my screening with an open mind.

It’s not just the look of Chucky that has changed. The long-time voice actor Brad Dourif has been replaced by Mark Hamill (yes, Luke Skywalker himself, and voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series), who’s eerie tone sent chills down my spine.

In Child’s Play, single mother Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza from TV series Parks and Recreation) brings home a technologically advanced doll for her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) on his birthday. Unfortunately for them, this particular toy had been re-programmed to be murderous by a disgruntled Vietnamese factory worker.

From the moment he is switched on, Chucky has a disturbing amount of loyalty towards Andy. As he starts witnessing and learning about violence, the doll decides that this is the way to deal with anyone that comes between him and his owner.

During a couple of stand-out scenes, the gore is as imaginatively twisted – as to be expected from a film linked to the original version many know and love.

But sadly the majority of this film though is a little too goofy with many wasted opportunities. I soon warmed to the idea of technology playing a big part of the movie, but the filmmakers never quite used the concept to its full potential. Without giving too much away, the third act could have been mind-blowing – but it wasn’t meant to be.

Overall, Child’s Play would have worked better as an original sci-fi/horror – but those that haven’t seen the 1988 version should still get a kick out of this.

But for fans of the original there is no comparison – as that’s the far superior film – even though this is a competent time killer.

Rating: 3/5

By Mikey Clarke



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