Childs Play(2019)(Review)(Killer Toys Edition)[Weirdo Wednesday]
This movie was under scrutiny the moment it was announced, and for good reason. It was officially the first film in the line of 'Child's Play's that was not being helmed by the series creator Don Mancini. It also planned to replace the iconic Brad Dourif with Mark Hamill.
People hated this film before it was even released. It came off as an obvious cash grab from a company that didn't seem to respect the source material. But the reality of the situation is that this film is far better than it was ever given credit for. And now that the drama has passed over an entire year later, I wanted to highlight this film.
As a 'Child's Play' film, yes, it's weak in the canon. Chucky is no longer the soul of a serial killer that has been transmitted into a doll via voodoo. Now, he is simply an intelligent machine whose AI-learning chip is messed with during production. And while he is designed to learn and to love his child he receives, he does so overly. Him and Andy (and his friends) sit down to watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and observes as they laugh during all of the violence. So Chucky learns that they think violence is funny and that he believes it would be in Andy's best interest to help him take care of some problems in his life. Andy at a point decides he doesn't want Chucky around any longer because of this, and that's when a whole slew of new problems arrive.
However, as a film entirely on its own, it's really a lot of fun. The deaths are creative, the story is interesting (although I do not believe that Aubrey Plaza looks like she could have a 12 year old boy... who receives and plays with a doll), and Mark Hamill does a great job as a new version of Chucky. Also, there's a part that takes place on Black Friday... so this technically doubles down as a Christmas movie!
If you were one of the people who didn't want to give this a chance, I urge you to give it a try. It's different enough that if you see it as it's own thing and not as a NEW Child's Play movie, then it's actually a great time.
'Child's Play' is currently streaming on Hulu and Prime Video.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra