child's play movie review - Aussieboyreviews


2019’s gory, entertaining and fun Chucky slasher definitely wins against the 1988 original. The strong horror violence makes it best for mature teens, but it’s a loveable horror reboot with the best Chucky yet!


Single mother Karen buys a high-tech doll called Chucky for her son Andy on his birthday, completely unaware of its more sinister nature.

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Movie details

Director: Lars Klevberg
Cast: Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Hamill, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, David Lewis, Trent Redekop, Carlease Burke
Writer: Tyler Burton Smith
Release Date (Australia): 20 June 2019
Runtime: 90 minutes/1h 30m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English, Vietnamese

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film centres on horror themes including murders committed by a defected doll, as well as thematic material such as suicide and the killing of a cat.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features horror violence such as depictions of stabbings that are accompanied by large blood sprays. There are also depictions of bone-breaking detail, a man’s head being shredded and dismembered body parts.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes uses of “f**k”, “s**t”, “**shole”, “bitch” and “goddamn”.

Drug Use (G)

The film includes a verbal reference to drug dealing.

Sex (PG)

The film contains a verbal reference to “banging” and other references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for bloody horror violence, and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Lars Klevberg’s reboot of the killer-doll classic is a ripe and successful attempt to bring Chucky back to his sober self. There’s gratefully none of the stupid ‘Bride’ or ‘Seed’ of Chucky garbage, also known as the points that started significantly ruining the franchise. However, there certainly is a fair handful of fun that’s additionally dropped in. Without going over the edge like Bride of Chucky did, this reboot creates noticeable sparks of humour and delivers an agreeable concept.

The plot centres on the doll’s messed up computer system rather than diving right back down with the original serial-killer-possession. Now 2019’s Child’s Play is fresh, new and very much improved. Starting off fresh, there’s a fun new cast including Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry. The performances are forgettably average, but still manage to work out.

If it weren’t for screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith presenting us a fixed and improved plot, we’d still be stuck with the dull and flat Chucky movies. What also increases the film’s sense of ripeness is also the brilliant direction, plus the fact that it’s very appealing and is constantly entertaining. Alike most horror movies, there’s a lack of true energy within the climax, which is thankfully just forgettable. Although it’s also not very scary, it’s one of the most underrated horror films of the year.

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