Film: Child’s Play

Opened: June 21, 2019

Directed by: Lars Klevberg

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Hamill, Tim Matheson, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, Marlon Kazadi, David Lewis & Carlease Burke

A modern update to the killer doll franchise, Chucky (Mark Hamill) acts more like an Alexa or Siri would in today’s world if they had a robot doll accessory.

For an early birthday gift, Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a discarded Buddi doll, which he names Chucky. The doll’s censor settings are lower than they should be, but Andy soon realizes Chucky is more sinister than anticipated.

Despite some initial concerns about how this update would feel compared to the original horror classic, the changes are great and feel relevant in the current world. And there’s still enough to make you jump.

Plaza and Bateman both give wonderful performances and it’s interesting to see their dynamic being closer in age compared to the mother-son duo of the first.

Final say: A good horror reboot. ★★★★☆

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