“Be good to him and he’ll be good to you,” were the last words of advice given to Greta Evans
Greta Evans is a young American woman who moved to the Heelshire Manor in an English Village to become the nanny of an 8 year old child. Once she is finally introduced to her new employers she is shocked to see that the ‘child’ she believed she would be caring for was in fact a doll, a life-sized doll!
If that isn’t creepy enough, she was given a list of rules to follow along with the words “Be good to him and he’ll be good to you.” What’s that supposed to mean? Not thinking too much about it, Greta decides that the rules are irrational since it is just a doll and not a real boy. After she violates the rules, a series of strange and mystifying events take place.
A child’s sob is heard in the halls, phone calls are cut off, and Greta is trapped in the attic for the night. It isn’t the typical day for a nanny that you would assume. Even more disturbing than the previous events she soon finds that the doll is moving… leading her to believe that the doll is alive!
Once she starts noticing these peculiar events, she decides to consult with the flirtatious grocery boy whom she met in the beginning when she first arrives at the Manor. He unveils that the doll is believed to be taking the place of a child that Mr and Mrs Heelshire had lost 20 years prior. Since Brahms,Mrs.Heelshire’s child, is presumably dead or has been for the last 20 years it comes to their mind that Brahms’s evil spirit is possessing the doll.
“You wouldn’t hurt me, would you Brahms?” Greta says when she sees that Brahms does not have good intentions. Out of desperation, Greta decides to experiment with the doll by actually beginning to care for the doll and she follows the rules that were given to her in the beginning.
Nearing the end there is a major plot twist that many were not expecting. As the movie went on I had one idea in my mind as to what was happening, but once the plot twist takes place it changes your whole perspective on what is happening.
I am not a big fan of scary movies, and I usually can’t get through watching one by myself. To my surprise, I was able to watch this movie by myself and I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. There is always that creepy feeling at the back of your head knowing that the doll could be alive and that his intentions are not good, but it doesn’t give you that feeling of being scared. You just have an intense feeling not knowing what is going to happen to the poor girl.
When you first see what is happening as the story unfolds, it almost takes a path leading to a more common phenomenon. Movies nowadays all follow some type of storyline and they add their own touch to make it seem different from the rest. In a way, it was nice to see that this movie wanted to have you follow along and make you feel like you know what is going to happen only to find that there is a whole other story that goes with it.
Some people believe that this movie isn’t as good as people make it out to be. They believe that movies about dolls are occurring too often that they aren’t even scary anymore. “The creepy kid/evil doll genre of horror movie has a long and venerable lineage, perhaps because it’s so easy to project fantasies and insecurities onto Uncanny Valley-straddling plastic figurines,” said Christian Holub, a reporter from Entertainment Weekly. In a way I somewhat agree with that, more and more movies are being made with the idea of having a doll that is alive, but the thing about those movies is that they are so similar to one another that it feels like a repetition which removes from the scariness of the movie. “The Boy, from director William Brent Bell, aims to set itself squarely in the fictional canon of Chucky and its brethren, but it ends up trying to do so much that it forgets to scare us,” said Holub.
“I honestly didn’t like the twist,” said freshman Luz Estrada, “I kind of wanted it to have to do with demons and things like that, instead of him being a real person.”
The end of the movie leaves you in suspense. After the movie takes a crazy turn, you are left with yet another idea and once you reach the end something else happens that opposes what you began believing. It’s all a big giant puzzle, it drives you almost insane! You want to know what happens and it will make you want to see a part two. You are left curious as to what might happen after that so it easily opens the doors for a part two or a sequel. Although the movie might not have been as scary as first imagined it still has that intense and suspenseful feeling that keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will happen next. It’s almost like a mystery that you are trying to solve and you are trying to figure out the story behind everything that is happening. It’s kind of fun trying to figure out why the events are taking place.
“If I could change one thing about it, it would be adding more scary parts,” said freshman Alyssa Torres. “It was scary but not as scary as I expected it be.”
I would rate this movie a 6/10. It does have a good twist despite the fact that it is another movie about a possessed doll. The actors in the movie did a good job playing their role and you do get a feeling of suspense throughout the whole movie and you are right on the edge of your seat towards the end of the movie where most of the action takes place and the story behind Brahms is brought forward. The only thing that threw me off a bit about the movie was the fact that it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. You were practically given a hint as to when a scary part was going to occur, so you aren’t really caught off guard and you aren’t scared as easily. I also would have liked the movie to have some sort of paranormal sense to it since that’s the first impression that you are given.
Depending on your taste of horror movies this movie may or may not be for you. Many can agree that the movie wasn’t as scary as thought to be, but it does try to give the audience a suspenseful feeling throughout the whole movie since it does leave you guessing the whole time. Now try imagining what it would be like if you were in Greta’s shoes. Would you want to care for the doll or would you ignore the rules and just ignore the fact that you are being watched by a doll?
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