The Boy: Review

The movie opens with a woman (Greta) sitting in the back of a cab as eerie music plays. The driver watches her creepily through the rearview mirror as she tries to fall asleep. Already I’m wondering why she decided to fall asleep in a car with a creepy and strange old man. I’ve already decided that she’s not very smart. Most main characters in horror movies usually aren’t. The car pulls up to an old, dark stone mansion with a rusty red roof, completely surrounded by trees and grey sky. When Greta gets out of the car, the driver tells her to wait in the parlor as the family that lives there is not home. Of course, like in any other horror movie, the protagonist doesn’t do she is told. She starts to hear noises coming from the upstairs and decides to look around. Is it really so hard to do as you’re told?

When the parents come home, Greta is very confused when they introduce her to a doll as their child. She thinks it is a joke and proceeds to laugh at them. Come on woman! What ever happened to respect? The parents ignore this insult and give her very, very, very specific instructions on how to care for the doll. Pretty much as soon as they leave, Greta forgets the instructions and literally just ignores the doll. Why would she do that? Just why? She just keeps on ignoring the doll and defying the specific instructions for it’s care. Why is she so unwilling to do the job she is being paid for? And as paranormal things start happening in the house, the woman doesn’t realize that maybe, just maybe, it’s the doll, and maybe, just maybe, she should ACTUALLY START TAKING CARE OF IT LIKE SHE’S SUPPOSED TO!

So, way less than halfway through the movie, I already hate her! And as I thought about it, I started to hate her more and more and more for every stupid little reason that she shouldn’t have even taken this job in the first place. 1) The job was in a foreign country (She was American, and the job was in the UK). 2) The house was in the middle of nowhere with no one around. 3) She was going to be alone for 3 months, her only contact being with the grocery boy who came once a week. And finally 4) The child she was taking care of WAS A DOLL! A DOLL!!! WHY WOULD SHE TAKE THIS JOB? I want to know what the hell is wrong with this woman!

So, she sounds stupid right? Well don’t worry, she just gets stupider and stupider, and as you watch you want to start pulling your own teeth out because that would be better than watching the movie. All you can think is, “WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE CARE OF THE DOLL THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO?”, “IT’S NOT THAT HARD JUST DO IT!” and, “DO YOU WANT TO DIE?” with the occasional, “How is she this clueless? Wtf?”

Do I recommend this movie? Despite the main character being utterly idiotic, I thought it was a good movie. A lot of horror movies have that ‘quality’. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twist at the end. And the cliffhanger ending made me excited for the sequel that I think is being made. If I had to rate it, I’d give it a 7/10. It’s not bloody or gory, just creepy, and watching it alone just makes it that much creepier. Overall, it’s a movie worth watching to cap off this spooky season.

Written by Amelia Winkelman