The Boy (2016)

So this film has been on my to-watch list for a while because it looked intriguing and had more of a ‘creepy thriller’ vibe to it. I had an idea what it was about from the trailer, however the plot twist at the ending had me totally shocked…

Trailer here

Overview: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. (IMDB)

Firstly, I thought it was a bit weird how William Brent Bell (director) cast the American actress Lauren Cohan to play the main female character ‘Greta Evans’ considering it’s an English film. However, I thought it worked out and the relationship between Greta and Malcolm (Rupert Evans) grew strongly and it was nice to watch their bond blossom throughout the narrative of the film.

What I enjoyed:

I really loved the whole concept of the film. How Greta had to nanny a doll called Brahms (James Russell) like it was a young child, but he would’ve been about 30 years old if he was actually a human. The whole “rules” list was very strict and blunt, but if you don’t follow the procedures, weird, strange things would happen around the house and it would link back to the doll. I also liked the jump scares and the built up tension with Greta being stuck in the attic and her clothes being taken whilst she was in the shower. It really put me on edge. Therefore it brings me to the finale of the ending… my god. Was not expecting that! But I must say, the idea of the real Brahms living in the walls, watching everyone’s moves from the walls was insane. It was something totally different to anything I’ve watched and really generated a shocked response that made me engage more with the film because I was so hooked. *Bit of background info* Brahms was living in the walls because he must’ve escaped the house fire when he was with a younger girl who died, causing him to live in the walls for 20 years watching his parents live his life through the doll. He is purely psychotic and wears a mask to cover the burns on his face. The way that they revealed the real Brahms was imaginative, through the mirror where Cole (Greta’s kind- of ex parter) looked when he heard a strange noise traveling through the walls. That part was nice and gory… nice. Overall, the suspense and the cat and mouse chase at the end was really capturing and made the film much more entertaining and intriguing. The plot twist was amazing, oh and not to mention he didn’t actually die when Greta stabbed him which triggers “The Boy 2”??? haha.

What I wasn’t so much of a fan of:

Not much really, there was a lot of creepy things happening throughout the film therefore it didn’t all happen at the end which is what I detest. I wasn’t much of a fan of the storyline where Brahms parents killed themselves? I was aware of when Mrs. Heelshire (Diana Hardcastle) whispered to Greta “I’m sorry” as they left towards their getaway. I Did have an inkling that something bad was going to happen because that’s what the response would be from that piece of dialogue, however them growing themselves so calmly in the river was so confusing but understandable? I mean they’ve been taking care of a doll for 20 years, following the same routine over and over everyday, therefore it wasn’t a random act, but I just wasn’t expecting it. What I also found creepy thinking back at it, was all the things he randomly stole, had a purpose. Brahms made a fake woman out of any materials he could get his hands on. Greta stumbled across it when they were escaping through the walls, it caught her eye straight away because her coral dress was on the fake mannequin thing. It just triggers thoughts that the real Brahms is very physically mental because thats what he must have to do to avoid complete isolation, it was quite sick because god knows what he was doing with that other doll mannequin thing but I don’t wanna know haha. So apart from those few points, I have nothing else to doubt about this film.

I give it 4.5*/5* 🙂

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