The Boy (2016)
Director: William Brent Bell
Writer: Stacey Menear
The Boy is about Maggie from The Walking Dead getting a new job as a nanny in sunny England. She arrives at a beautiful house and meets the odd parents of the child she will be looking after only to discover that little Brahms is of course, a doll. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) or Greta in this case, is given a list of rules she must adhere to for the comfort and happiness of Brahms. As you can assume, if the rules aren’t followed, obscure things will begin to happen. Now, I love horror films so even the horror films deemed typically bad, I can find a bit of fun in and I did have fun watching this but by no account is The Boy a “great” film.
The story lacks, which is a given. The plot is slow and ultimately this film is Chucky turned The Strangers but again, I did enjoy it for the most part. It starts off promising and mysterious, we know nothing of Brahms, of his family, their history, the house or Greta herself. It could have had more oomph, more substance. As the story of Brahms is fully revealed, the film can easily be predicted and the outcome when all is revealed is what you’d expect. The Boy is the ideal horror cocktail, isolated gothic mansion, creepy interiors, troubled and beautiful protagonist, an expressionless ad eery doll and too much quiet.
Unfortunately The Boy is so conventional that I really don’t have much to say on it. The cinematography is okay, there’s nothing to the soundtrack, nothing to the plot but it is still pretty fun if you enjoy a jump scare or two. I don’t encourage people to see it yet I don’t discourage it either. I know a lot of people who will love this film and a lot that will not. Watch this at home with a few friends in the dark, a cinema ticket isn’t necessary and the atmosphere will be more fitting.
For fans of : The Strangers, Annabelle, The Woman in Black