Child’s Play (2019)

  • Director: Lars Klevbergchilds play
  • Writer: Tyler Burton Smith, Don Mancini (based on characters he created)
  • Main Cast: Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill

‘You are my buddy, until the end; More than a buddy, you’re my best friend. I love you more than you will ever know; I will never let you go’

Buddi the doll is the must-have AI toy on the market. When struggling single mum Karen manages to acquire a secondhand, slightly damaged Buddi (who names himself ‘Chucky’) for her son Andy’s birthday, the two quickly become firm friends. However, there’s a lot more wrong with Chucky than just a few glitches in his programme…

I was so pleasantly surprised by this film! I made the mistake of listening to the naysayers lamenting yet another remake, but this really is a fresh re-imagining of the Child’s Play story.

Mark Hamill’s voice acting is superb, and I must admit to getting a little emotionally attached to this new Chucky doll, which is in no small part down to Hamill. Brad Dourif (the original voice of Chucky) is a rockstar, but in the context of this film it was more effective to have a slightly fluffier and gentler voice.

What certainly isn’t fluffy or gentle is Chucky’s approach to dispatching those who he thinks have crossed him! There’s scenes worthy of a Saw movie in this, as well as elements that are directly inspired by Chucky watching TCM2.

Clever, funny, gory and about as original as a remake can be! Definitely one to watch.

Finally, the sick and twisted side of me (well, that’s most of me actually!) loves that they managed to release this at the same time as Toy Story 4, and I absolutely adored the genius marketing that played on that!






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