Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Boy (2016)

bboyDirector: William Brent Bell

Writer: Stacey Menear (Screenplay)

Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Dian Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Jett Klyne

 

Plot: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Atmospheric Thriller

 

Story: The Boy starts as Greta Evans (Cohan) moves to England to start a new life as a nanny and after a flirtatious meeting with Malcolm (Evans) she meets the Heelshire’s Mr (Norton) & Mrs (Hardcastle) who introduce her to their son Brahms a creepy doll. Greta learning the ways of family when it comes to looking after Brahms as the Heelshire’s are going away from a vacation.

Alone in the house Greta puts the doll aside to focus on why she has taken this job away from her home. Greta continues to enjoy her time alone even agreeing to go on a date with Malcolm until strange things start going on in the house she is left wondering what really happened to Brahms leading the family to have this doll that enjoys playing with its nannies.

Greta embraces the idea that Brahms is in fact alive and just wants to be cared for by his mother and nanny, but when her past catches up with her the nightmare is about to beginning.

The Boy is a horror thriller that really builds all the tension throughout only for the ending to feel like something we have seen before. I have one huge question that makes me wonder a lot about this film and that is why would an English couple hire an American nanny and why would she agree to the job before seeing the child. This might be me but still left me wondering. I do feel a lot of the story is very clichéd with how it all played out and with the characters. The selling point on this story is the creepy doll that will really does come off original.

 

Actor Review

 

Lauren Cohan: Greta is an American nanny who comes to England for her latest job, it is clear she is seeing this as a new start from something. She is shocked to learn she is looking after a doll and that she finds herself alone in a mansion looking after a doll. Greta finds herself alone but not sure if she is alone as she learns about Brahms real self her past could be about to catch up with her. Lauren is good in this role but it is hard to see her in a vulnerable role after the Walking Dead.grete

Rupert Evans: Malcolm is the friendly delivery man that comes to the house once a week, he strikes up a friendship with her and fills in the gaps when it comes to the real Brahms. Rupert does well in this role but feels like a basic supporting role.

Diana Hardcastle: Mrs Heelshire is the mother of the doll, she is very attached to the doll which she sees as her own son, she gives all the rules to Grete before leaving her alone in the house. Diana is good in this basic supporting character that gives out the rules.famiy

Jim Norton: Mr Heelshire brings Greta into his house as the family’s new nanny, he is very distance and determined to final have the holiday they haven’t had in years. Jim is good as the basic supporting character.

Support Cast: The Boy has a small supporting cast that doesn’t give us the most to work with outside Lauren.

Director Review: William Brent BellWilliam gives us a very well built up horror that doesn’t reach the full potential it could have.

 

Horror: The Boy gives us a good atmospheric horror throughout.

Thriller: The Boy does keep us wondering about what is happening from the first moment in the house.

Settings: The Boy keeps the whole film inside the grounds of the property where Greta ends up working.
Special Effects
: The Boy has good effects throughout with everything that happens though the film.

Suggestion: The Boy is one for the horror fans to try, it does have its good moments. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The atmosphere throughout.

Worst Part: Seen the ending before.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Every child needs to feel loved

Trivia: Originally titled “The Inhabitant” but was changed due to scenes cut out for the PG-13 rating to a better fitting title.

 

Overall: Very well built horror that falls slightly flat in the final act

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

logoDirector: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Toby Jones, Jim Norton, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith

 

Plot: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Mystery Left Open

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets starts by showing Harry (Radcliffe) back with his Uncle and Auntie who have given him an actual room but still resent having him around. While Harry gets a warning from Dobby not to go back to Hogwarts because of a plan against him. Ron (Grint) and his brothers come to Harry rescue and help him get back to Hogwarts. While Harry continually gets block be it not make the train because of it getting blocked. While the three friends have to go through the same problems as the year before, it is a mysterious voice that Harry keeps hearing that starts to make the main story.

When a visible warning appears that is trying to frame Harry including the death of the janitors cat. The Chamber of Secrets is a myth that was created by one of the founder of Hogwarts that will only be opened when his heir starts the school which will lead to all the muggle-born (human blood) wizards being killed. With more bodies turning up petrified the fingers continue to point at Harry and with more people believing it is him he finds himself trying to uncover the truth along with Ron.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the first one focused on the introduction, this time we learn more about the history of Hogwarts. We learn more about the mystery of the world that Harry has only just started to learn about as much as we do. We do get the continuation of the character development as well as only hearing parts about the greater evil that awaits the wizards in the future. We see the bound between the three friends grow as well as the battle against the rivals grows too. This is an improvement on the first as it shows how easily things can change for our hero. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter our young wizard who ignores the warning about returning to Hogwarts and finds himself trying to defend himself from all the clues that point in his direction when strange things start happening at Hogwarts. Daniel gives a great performance as the young wizard who has to fight against an enemy who underestimates him. (9/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron Weasley rescuer of Harry as well as loyal friend who wants to make sure Harry gets back to Hogwarts. Ron continues along his clumsy side but always is in the right place when Harry needs back up. Rupert gives a good performance who like previous film he gets the extra laughs. (8/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione Granger smartest of the three she learns about the potion that could unlock the truth for them, but also spends time in this film out of the picture due to the goings on. Emma gives a good performance but doesn’t get much screen time. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has a massive supporting cast and as the story telling tries to keep you guessing you have to work out who are the good, the bad and the planning ones. They all help with the story and are all portrayed very well.

 

Director Review: Chris Columbus – Chris does a great job directing, moving our characters into the next chapter of their story very well. (9/10)

 

Family: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great family film and this one will be much more interesting for the whole family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets put you in the fantasy world from the opening moments to the final moments. (10/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets does create an interesting mystery to be solved and with plenty of different suspects it will keep you guessing. (10/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets creates authentic looking sets that have created a world that we can look at and see as natural looking. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has solid effects in the most part but the Quidditch effects again come off poor. (6/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets should be watched to continue the story and even if you haven’t seen the first one you won’t have missed much in the way of story. (Watch)

 

Best Part:  The mystery created.

Worst Part: Quidditch effects

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 2 – 8 in the series

Post Credits Scene: Yes, but not important one.

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 BAFTAs

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $879 Million

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: The Chamber of Secrets has opened.

Trivia: Daniel Radcliffe was initially only offered £125,000 (approximately US $181,500) for this film. The actors’ union, Equity, stepped in and negotiated new terms which increased his salary to roughly £2,000,000 (US $3,000,000).

 

Overall: The first mystery of the saga

Rating 89