Review: Child’s Play (2019)

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Child’s Play

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Run Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Reviewed By: Adam & Scott

“After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay (Gabriel Bateman) receives a special present from his mother (Aubrey Plaza) — a seemingly innocent Buddi doll (Mark Hamill) that becomes his best friend. When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc.”

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Oy… so we were extremely pumped for the Child’s Play remake when we heard about it. The original is a classic and one of the first horrors we grew up with. We’ve followed Chucky through the years with all his movies (the good and the bad). So to continue on the topic of good and bad, here is our list of good things and bad things from the Child’s Play remake.

The Good:

  • Upgraded plot – The plot had a nice upgrade to it. With Chucky/Buddi being like an Alexa (controlling your smart home), this made things modernized and feel like something that could potentially happen.
  • The cast – Mark Hamill being in any movie makes it a must watch. Gabriel Bateman absolutely steals the movie. This kid can act! He is going to be an up and coming for sure. Aubrey Plaza was another bonus. Not only is she stunning, but her acting is quality. We also have to give a nod to Brian Tyree Henry who also put on a good show.
  • Intensity – There were countless times/scenes that got the heart rate going.
  • Comedy – It’s not a Chucky movie without some comedy.
  • Easter eggs – We caught a few Easter eggs in the movie and we always love a good Easter egg.
  • Length – Love when movies aren’t too long. Short and sweet. Gotta love it.

The Bad:

  • Plot – With the plot being so different, it made it feel more like an entire reboot and less of a remake. There was a ton of changes. The only things that were the same were the characters. It tried to be too much like The Goonies with the group of friends. A guy gets mad at his boss and takes it out on kids with a killing machine? A killing machine with feelings? Yikes… with this much being different, they should’ve name it something other than Child’s Play. There was just a lot that didn’t make sense… including multiple parts of the ending.
  • The cast – How can you have a Chucky movie without Brad Dourif? We feel like he’s watching this “remake” somewhere laughing his ass off.
  • Length – It was short and sweet, but took too much time to build up. The original jumped right in… this one, not so much.

Unfortunately, we felt the bad outweighed the good so we left the theater disappointed. It wasn’t a terrible movie, but we did go in with high expectations and those were shot down fairly quick. Whenever you go in with expectations like that, you’re bound to be disappointed… unless its Avengers: End Game. If you plan on seeing Child’s Play, go into it with the mindset of seeing a Chucky reboot and not a Chucky remake.

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Reel ROB Rating: 5.25 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: No


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