Childs Play (2019)

A boy is terrorized by a maliciously programmed, high-tech doll that becomes self-aware and turns homicidal in this reboot of the ’80s horror film.

Year: 2019
Certificate: 15
Director: Lars Klevberg
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Hamill, Tim Matheson, Marlon Kazadi, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, David Lewis, Trent Redekop

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In 1988 came a new type of horror movie. The usual premise was in order: a deranged killer on the loose, prowling the city for his victims, leading to a big showdown against the hero of the piece. Except this killer didn’t wear a hockey mask, or have knives for fingers and he definitely wasn’t a fan of Halloween. In fact some might say, our ‘bad guy’, was actually a ‘Good Guy’. See what I did there?

In the 1988 version of “Child’s Play”, (spoilers for a 32 year old movie ahead), a boy is gifted a very sought after doll called ‘Chucky’. Except the doll that the boy receives just so happens to be the new home of the soul belonging to a serial killer. Death appears everywhere until the boy realises it’s his newly found best friend that is responsible for all the blood shed.

In this 2019 version, the story has been updated for the technological generation.
The ‘Buddi’ doll is new and extremely popular. Revolutionary high-tech dolls that are designed to be lifelong companions that learn from their surroundings. We see an employee rudely fired from his job on the assembly line, but he doesn’t leave gracefully. Instead he takes revenge on his now ex-employee, by altering the computer code from the Buddi doll he is working on and removes all the security protocols – this, no doubt, is not going to end up as a good thing for the unlucky recipient.

Meet Andy, the unlucky recipient of this year’s hottest and seemingly dangerous children’s toy. A gift from his unsuspecting mother, ‘Buddi’ quickly becomes Andy’s best friend. Not long after, bad things start happening that appear to have no explanation. Nobody suspects a toy of course, after all…. He’s your Buddi.

The 2019 version stars Aubrey Plaza as the ever generous mother to Gabriel Bateman‘s Andy. In a small and mostly unknown cast, Gabriel Bateman and Audrey Plaza do well with the material given. The script was well written in regards to bringing the franchise into the modern day, but other than that it was a paint by the numbers slasher movie. BUT…. that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Some of my favourite horror movies follow the same formula, after all the premise is simple. Bad guy tries to kill good guys. One thing the 2019 version doesn’t do, is take away from the original, which isn’t always an easy thing to do. One thing that both versions have in common is having a great voice actor for the roll of the doll. In 1988, it was Brad Dourif who became synonymous with the role. In the 2019 version, they have used a small unknown actor called Mark Hamill, whose voice rolls include the Batman villain Joker and of course his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Saga.

I’m not sure if the above jumble of words made it clear, but if not allow me to try again. If you’re a fan of the original films or slasher films in general, this film if not taken too seriously is fun. With a few laughs plenty of blood and a storyline that won’t hurt your brain, Childs Play 2019 is not quite a MUST see, but a definite SHOULD see.

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