‘Child’s Play’ (2019) Review: Horror Keeps Up with the Times

CHILD’S PLAY (2019) Review
Directed by Lars Klevberg

So, it’s been 31 years since the first Child’s Play movie was released. No mobile phones, internet is not as we know it today, and toys are like real toys not like phones and tablets kids play with today. So, does the story of the original Child’s Play still makes sense today? Probably not. That’s why it’s vital for the franchise to keep up with the times.

Lars Klevberg’s reboot of Child’s Play is smart and has effective thrills that is enjoyable for those who seek gruesome entertainment on the big screen. It still feels familiar but the story, like the new Chucky, adapts to the changes today.

What I like most about this version is that the ending feels big, its climax feels like the 1976 horror classic ‘Carrie.’ You can smell the fear from its characters as Chucky becomes something maniacal and if you know the things he can control and the way he thinks, you sure is going to be terrified for the faith of Andy and the people around him.

What I miss from the original though is how Chucky was created. The new Chucky has acceptable reasons as to why he’s evil and dangerous, being obsessed and possessive. But the cursed Chucky from the original sounds scary already when you know he has some supernatural powers and his goal is to transfer his soul to a body of a six-year-old boy.

The film’s suspense and horror are definitely made to entertain and there’s also humor that puts pauses in the film’s heavy issues like being bullied and having your mother date a douche guy. It’s a film that’s enjoyable through and through.

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3.5 stars

‘Child’s Play’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Orion Pictures and Cobalt Films, locally distributed by Reality Entertainment. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

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