Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: "Brahms: The Boy II" is standard sequel fair.

Brahms: The Boy II Review
If you're at all curious, here's my original review of "The Boy." You will see that I thought it was much better than I ever would have thought it would be. But still wasn't that great of a horror movie. It was very scary. It didn't have many memorable moments or scenes in it. In fact, before seeing the sequel yesterday, I was having a hard time remembering the first one. So much so that I read through the film's Wikipedia page and re-read my review of the original film before going to see the new film. For the premise, it the original film was fairly decent. I guess I was curious enough to see what a sequel would look like.

The film stars Katie Holmes who plays Eliza. She's an American woman married to a British businessman Sean (Owain Yeoman). How this American woman met this British man is anybody's guess, but I suppose we are just gonna have to be fine with a movie taking place in the UK and how this relationship began is never elaborated on. Sean is away alot  and it sometimes is just Eliza and their son Jude (Christopher Convery). One night, while Sean is working late, Eliza and Jude experience a home invasion that hurts Eliza and traumatizes Jude.

Jude gets to the point where he doesn't speak to anybody. Eliza and Sean are concerned and Jude joins therapy. Eliza is plagued by vivid nightmares. So Sean decides that they need to get out of the city and take time away from the house that the invasion took place. But of course, the place they are staying is very close to the Heelshire mansion from the first film. There is of course a creepy groundskeeper walking around all the time, just for affect. One day, when the family is walking around the woods, Jude finds the doll from the first film. Of course, he calls it Brahms, a name the couple thinks their son came up with by himself, but of course, the doll told him is true name. Of course, weird things begin happening in the vacation house. Eliza sees Jude beginning to talk to the doll so their therapist doesn't see anything wrong with using the doll to help Jude, still there are strange things happening in the house.

These strange things are sadly, not scary at all. This is an example of a horror movie that is sadly a CGI fest than any real thriller of some kind. We've been getting lots of great examples of horror films in the last few years, so to see something on this par is a little sad. Everything plays out exactly how you'd expect, even equipped with an ending that sets up future movies, but the things is, after this movie you probably won't be asking for anymore "Boy" sequels. There is barely any development among the characters. Holmes does what she can, but its a thankless role that literally any actress could do. 

The first "Boy" may not have been a perfect movie, but it at least tried. "The Boy II" just isn't scary, isn't original, isn't imaginative and really is pretty worthless.

FINAL GRADE: D

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