*Disclaimer for all my lovely readers:
For those of you who do not particularly like horror movies, please tread carefully..*
What would you do if when starting a new nanny job, you realized that the child you were supposed to take care of was in fact, a doll? The parents of this so-called “child” are giving you regular nanny job instructions and expecting you to take them completely seriously? Run for the hills, or stay and try to make it work? Lauren Cohan’s character Greta experiences this exact situation. Wonderful surprise seeing this Walking Dead actress once again! Was very impressed with her acting in both very different roles. Yes, this is one more movie review. Last one, I promise… for now, that is. The Boy is a 2016 horror film that I watched with Gen a few days ago. After waiting (somewhat) patiently for months for this to become available online, it was finally there!
Greta (Cohan) begins a job as a full time live-in nanny to a young boy named Brahms. Much to her surprise, she must take care of a doll instead of an actual boy. Working together with the rich family’s delivery guy Malcolm, beautifully played by Rupert Evans, Greta tries to make sense of this extremely weird situation. She begins by thinking that all of this is entirely ridiculous and refuses to follow the list of rules the family provided her with before they left.
Shortly after, she starts noticing very odd things happening in the house around her, such as her shoes disappearing and doors locking. She quickly decides to go along with the rules and takes care of the doll as if it were a child. Due to her own past personal experiences, this relationship quickly becomes very special to her. When all of this is threatened by her abusive ex-boyfriend showing up, the doll becomes enraged and things spiral out of control, thus revealing the movie’s big twist and leading to the conclusion.
I feel like this movie does a really great job at combining both the suspense of horror and the heartwarming emotions of a drama. The director William Brent Bell successfully showed the complexity of relationships and the consequences of a person’s actions by putting together a special film with highly talented actors. The movie’s twist makes you rethink the whole thing and then brings you to see things differently. I was especially moved by the main character’s devotion to this doll, her desire to protect and nurture it, regardless of the its lack of humanity. This unique relationship was a treasure to find in a movie.