Hello Reel Bloody readers!! Well, once I got my Netflix back up and running this week, I took the time to check out the movie, The Babadook. I had heard many great reviews on it, and I have been excited to see it for some time. So, here we go...
The Babadook is written and directed by Jennifer Kent and stars Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. The story revolves around a single mother Amelia, played by Davis, and her son, Samuel, who is played by Noah Wiseman. The two are mourning the tragic death of their husband/father, while an evil presence begins to surround the mother after her son claims to have seen a monster.
In my opinion, the movie started out rather slow, and not only that, I found myself wanted to punch the son Samuel in his face within the first 10-15 minutes due to his constant whining and bitching. However, that soon went away, probably because I grew numb to it, not because he stopped. I am not a parent, so that probably had something to do with it too...lol. Okay, moving along. The movie took a while to get rolling, but as it went on, I did catch myself becoming more and more into this plot and finding myself engaged in the film, which is a good thing. When I actually want to finish a film, it’s automatic that the review will be decent and I overall "liked" the movie.
I said earlier the film started rather "slow," but let me back it up a tad. As the film continued, I began to respect what Jennifer Kent was doing. She was showing us the slow progression, or transformation, of what The Babadook was doing to this family. You cannot just jump right into these things so for that, job well done Ms. Kent!
As always, I give you a review without giving away too much, if any, of the plot or story. That is for you to do on your own, but let me break down this film in the areas that are most important to me.
- Story: I give The Babadook a B+ on the story. I had seen similar films in the past that this reminded me of, but Jennifer Kent did a great job adding her own personal twist to this one.
- Acting: The cast was absolutely amazing! Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman both nailed their roles. The supporting cast did a great job as well. An A+ all around for the cast and the acting in this film.
- Ending: Ehhhhhh. I don't know about this one. I am not saying the ending was completely terrible but to me, I just needed something more or something different. This is where opinion comes into play however. Some of you may think that Jennifer Kent wrapped this up nicely, where I think it needed something more. I will give the ending of this film a C-.
So there we have it; a good story that was rather slow moving at times, amazing cast, and a so-so ending. With all that being said, I do recommend seeing The Babadook. It is an overall good film. I probably will not find myself watching this one over and over, but I promise you, that it is worth viewing at least once.
I give The Babadook a 6 of 10 cleavers. Not bad....not bad!