Friday, 14 March 2014
Curse of Chucky (2013).
Don Mancini and Ronny Yu managed to take the third Child's Play sequel and make something different out of the franchise. While that film was played entirely straight, it was laced with buddy comedy moments. Then came Seed of Chucky, probably the only film in the franchise which felt like everyone was just going through the motions.
When I heard about Curse of Chucky attempting to be scary again, I obviously became rather excited at that prospect. After seeing the film, it is safe to say that while it is not perfect, Curse of Chucky is the best Child's Play movie since the first sequel.
The film takes place, nearly for the duration of the movie, over the course of a single night. Nica, a girl who was born a paraplegic, finds her mother dead not long after receiving a mysterious package which contains a Good Guy Doll. Things go from strange to worse as more people start dying, and while the deaths all look like accidents, the Good Guy doll is never far away.
This is how a Child's Play movie should be done! The film is incredibly tense, building tension throughout to a satisfying and blood soaked conclusion. Darknessis used to a great advantage, as is Chucky's mischievous nature, and he is made even more mean spirited by events which unfold and secrets which are revealed throughout the film.
That is another great thing about this movie. Everything gets tied up. There are no loose ends (be sure to watch after the credits to see a grown-up Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) receive a very special gift). The plot twists and turns, leaving old and new viewers of the universe Chucky inhabits breathless and totally unable to predict where the movie is going.
While the murders aren't as plentiful or gory as they could have been, it in no way harms the film, as it seems to be more about suspense and building an atmosphere of fear, and identifying with the character of Nica, who doesn't have the ability to run away, or kick (as many who have said they would do) Chucky really makes the viewer feel helpless.
Chucky looks fantastic. There is some CGI, but again, it doesn't hinder the film. Chucky is one 'Rude fucking doll, man' and he is as psychotic and evil as ever, not getting a line of dialogue for at least the first forty-five minutes of the film, and not seen fully on camera (while he is moving) for the same amount of time. In that way, it replicates the original Child's Play, where you catch glimpses of Chucky moving, but there is always that thought in the back of your mind that it could have been Andy you were seeing.
This is without a doubt, the strongest entry to the series since Child's Play 2, and the fact it gives us fans so many chances to 'geek out' over points made in the other movies, while also tying up every loose-end from the previous entries makes this a definite must-watch. Go get it, because this time, Chucky really does want to play.