Child's Play (2019)
Writing - 6/10
Directing - 6.5/10
Acting - 7/10
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Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill
Director: Lars Klevberg
Producer: David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith
Writer: Tyler Burton Smith
Production Company: Orion Pictures
Maturity Rating: R
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Child’s Play follows Andy Barclay, who receives a high tech Buddi doll as an early birthday gift from his mother, but the doll is sinister in nature and Andy soon realizes this.
Smart Chucky Rules in Child’s Play Remake
For a long while, Child’s Play seemed like it would never be remade like other horror series. Series creator Don Mancini had kept the pint-sized killer doll continuity intact for six sequels to the original 1988 film. However, MGM decided to quickly put together a remake of the original last year. The remake news didn’t sit well with the die-hard fans of the series. Luckily, 2019’s Child’s Play is better than most will want to admit, and Chucky is scary again.
No longer possessed by the soul of Charles Lee Ray, this doll is an AI creation gone wrong. And, while that takes away the personality of Chucky, it allows the character to feel scary again. Repackaged as a Buddi doll, this version of Chucky is able to control smart devices. The film’s main cast consists of Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, and Mark Hamill.
What’s the Story?
Directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith, the film follows the Barclays (Plaza and Bateman), who just moved to Chicago. After noticing her son Andy (Bateman) is struggling with the move, Karen (Plaza) buys him an early birthday gift. Now, this version of Andy is much older and to some, it may seem odd that he plays with a doll. However, his attachment to it really comes from the inability to make friends. Andy never wanted or expressed interest in the doll.
The characters in Child’s Play are underdeveloped for the most part, but the acting is solid from everyone involved. Bear McCreary’s score is terrifying and effective in all the right moments. The real reason this movie works so well, though, is the voice talent of Mark Hamill. Hamill’s voice as Chucky is loveable and menacing at the same time. He brings the doll to life and makes it scary for a whole new generation.
Child’s Play is fast-paced from start to finish, which is completely different from the slow build used in the original film. The biggest issue here is the look of Chucky, as the doll falls apart during the CGI sequences. Aside from Chucky’s look and the underdeveloped characters, this remake is effective. The movie knows it’s ridiculous at times, and fans of the series’ comedy will surely get a few laughs here. The third act of the film is absolutely bonkers and very intense, and fans of the doll will enjoy every second of it.
Not many wanted this to happen, but Child’s Play is a fun, modern look at what happens when technology becomes the master. A well-made film, for the most part, that only suffers from its terrible editing and underdeveloped side characters. The narrative here is enough to keep anyone invested, and the gore is in great supply. Definitely not better than the original, but still effective. Mark Hamill isn’t Brad Dourif, but if you wanted to replace him with a worthy talent, Hamill is a wise choice.