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My 'Child's Play (2019)' Movie Review

Updated on July 17, 2019
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I am a writer and an aspiring film critic willing to do whatever it takes to get my reviews out there in the world for people to enjoy.

Goodnight Andy
Goodnight Andy

A reboot can be good?

In case you were wondering, yes, this movie is not garbage! Surprised? Sure the movie does have some flaws here and there but no movie is perfect, especially a slasher film about a killer doll who just wants to be your best friend.

I am not here to tear the movie apart, I am here to give my honest opinion on a movie and that is what I am going to do. I am not nostalgic for the original Child's Play so before you go, oh you are just harsh on this movie because it isn't like the original, you can just stop that nonsense. Yes, I have seen the original but I didn't walk in to the theater wanting to rip this film a new one. I am not that kind of critic. I went in with some optimism and I walked out with a grin, so that can't be all bad, right?

I had an overall fun time at the movies thanks to this film and I know that was the intention. Duh, no director wants to just push a movie out with no effort to make a quick buck. Okay, maybe some directors do but this is not one of them. Let me give you a quick plot synopsis so you will know a bit about the story and characters.

I wish I could play chess with an icon
I wish I could play chess with an icon

A plot here and some characters there

What is a better way to get back at your boss than by sabotaging your corporation's friendly doll who wants nothing more than to be your friend? Talk about revenge, huh?

The defective monstrosity then gets put in stores where Karen (Audrey Plaza) brings the doll home to give her son an early birthday present. Best birthday present ever, am I right?

Long story short, there is a defective doll going around stabbing people for an hour and a half and I found myself liking it quite a bit.

Mark Hamill does an excellent job portraying the icon known as Chucky with his innocent charm and menacing voice at times.

I also loved Aubrey Plaza as Andy's mother and I knew I was going to as soon as she popped on screen because she has a bit of a, don't take crap from anybody, vibe to her character which I can relate to.

Gabriel Bateman was pretty good in the film too as Andy but I can't really say the same for the other child actors. They felt like they were literally pulled off the street just to give Chucky more potential victims.

Andy and Chucky share a special bond in the first act which I did not expect and I couldn't help but feel bad for the little guy. I felt like jumping into the film several times just to tell Andy to give Chucky some slack. I mean, all he wanted to do was be Andy's best friend and I sympathized with the killer doll. Yeah, I sympathized with a creepy looking doll! I bet you didn't expect to see that!

The kills were fun and brutal but there were times I sighed in disappointment whenever the camera shied away from the money shots. At least the movie had some tension and gore galore!

Child's Play (2019) Trailer

What is good about the movie?

  • The kills are good! It's a slasher so if the kills don't satisfy then the movie would have fallen on its face. The tension before each kill should get an honorable mention for hyping the kill up.
  • I liked the bond between Andy and Chucky. It's not often I can say I felt bad for a defective killer doll.
  • The movie had good pacing. I never felt bored while watching it.
  • I loved the music. It made the film seem unique.

Child's Play (2019) Trailer 2

What went wrong with the movie?

  • The cringy dialogue with detective Mike (Brian Tyree Henry) holds the movie down a little bit. He is supposed to be the comic relief but the jokes don't land at all.
  • The other kid actors were forgettable. If you remove them from the movie nothing would really change. It is a wasted opportunity in my opinion.
  • As gory as the movie is, it's odd that the kills are cut short. Right before the kill shot, the camera cuts away and it felt like a tease.

If I can't be your best friend, then nobody can!
If I can't be your best friend, then nobody can!

To sum everything up

The movie was a fun time and the bond is special between Andy and Chucky which boosted the movie up a bit for me. I recommend this film for all of you who are slasher fans. I guarantee you will find yourself entertained while watching this re-imagining of the original Child's Play. I would have to give this movie a star rating of 3 out of 5!


3 stars for Child's Play (2019)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Michael Truluck


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