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- Apr 4, 2017
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2016’s The Boy was a moderately entertaining film in theory, but really a chore to sit through in reality. The only redeeming quality about the film was the ending, as it actually was a neat twist that took some of the supernatural out of the subject matter and was disturbingly creepy. Past that particular twist, it was your typical PG-13 “horror” movie with just a few jump scares and a lot of misdirection. It really didn’t need a sequel, or really set up a sequel, so you can bet that I was a tad surprised when I saw that Universal Studios was putting OUT a sequel. Needless to say, it met every expectation that I had. And by that I mean that it is every bit as horrible as I anticipated. The film retcons most of what happens in the first film, tries to make it supernatural instead of a “twist” that the supernatural goings on in the first movie were misdirection, and generally doesn’t deliver on the frights as well.
Liza (Katie Holmes) and her son Jude (Christopher Convery) have suffered a traumatizing home invasion that has left both people scarred. Liza wakes up with nightmares every night reliving the event, and Jude has stopped talking completely. Despite heavy therapy with a child therapist Jude is not showing any progress, and both Liza and her husband Sean (Owain Yeoman, most famous for playing Detective Wayne Rigby on The Mentalist) decide to take him out to the British countryside in hopes that the fresh air and peaceful environment will help the lad. Yup, you guessed it, the couple move out to a small guest house down the road from the fateful Heeleshire estate where the first movie took place.
While out and about Jude comes across a buried doll (guess whoooo!!?) in the woods and gets attached to it very quickly. Neither Liza nor Sean really like the creepy looking antique doll, but figure that Jude might be able to use it as a bonding instrument in his therapy, so they allow it’s presence in the house. Soon however, things take a darker turn as Judge seems to be giving human emotions and desires to his doll. At first the parents are willing to put up with it, but as the demands become more dark and disturbing and the strange things start happening, Liza is convinced that something darker and more evil is in control.
I really thought this could have been a better film, as it starts out with a movie about a mother and child suffering from PTSD, then going straight into the dumpster with the supernatural story. The ending was just so convoluted and unbelievable that I actually started laughing at it. The writing is every bit as crummy as the first movie, and Katie Holmes really doesn’t do much in the film besides look stressed and tired, despite there being some obvious attempts at jump scares. Not to mention that the final ending minute or so is so cheesy and straight out of the 80s and 90s horror rule book that I just wanted to bang my head against the floor
Rated PG-13 for terror, violence, disturbing images and thematic elements.
• Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Brahms: The Boy II is not really an improvement or failure over the first movie. It improves the first in some ways, but seriously falls off a cliff in other ways, ending up on the same level playing field as before. As a sequel it’s only real connection to the first movie is the visuals of the doll itself, and the creepy doll “telling” his victim things. That’s about it. After that the film takes a massive deviation from the predecessor and just forges it’s own thing. The sad thing is that it’s “own thing” is pretty forgettable and bland. The audio and video are very good, but that’s about the ONLY thing I can recommend or say positive about the package. Personally I would just skip this one.
Starring: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Daphne Hoskins, Keoni Rebeiro
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Written by: Stacey Menear
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Runtime: 87 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: May 19th, 2020
Recommendation: Skip It