Film Review: Child's Play (2019 film)

Updated: Aug 3

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FILE PHOTO: A Poster of CHILD'S PLAY (2019 film). ©United Artists Releasing
FILE PHOTO: A Poster of CHILD'S PLAY (2019 film). ©United Artists Releasing

Child's Play franchise includes 7 films and TV series. Such as Child's Play 2 (1990), Child's Play 3 (1991), Bride of Chucky (1998), Seed of Chucky (2004), Curse of Chucky (2013) and Cult of Chucky(2017), followed by a television series titled Child’s Play: The TV Series. The original film of 1988 which perfectly directed by Dir. Tom Holland. Tom Holland's very known by his both Fright Night film franchise (1988-2013) and this one. The upcoming reboot is basically the same story.


When review the reboot of the original, you must see the original one. The original film is one of 1980s' classical horror films and Tom Holland's best film. Thanks to the exclusive screening of the film.


Child's Play (1988) is a social comment about consumerism. Andy(Alex Vincent)'s mother Karen (Catherine Hicks) makes a grave mistake in this film's beginning. The Good Guy doll is promoted in front of Andy while he watches the television, then his mother has to buy it to please her beloved 6 year old kid. The problem is that she buys the stolen item from the peddler. This is a film's socially realistic aspect in the fictional terror story. This is an inciting incident of the entire film. Chucky the killer doll which possessed by the evil spirit of Charles can get into the family of Andy. Then, Andy will be targeted as a replacement body for Chucky to be human. This is the core conflict of the drama.


Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) shoots the rubbery Charles Lee Ray/Chucky at the beginning. After the shoot fight sequence, Charles uses the Voodoo magic to get into the doll. This is a film magic. And the villain was well created by the Brad Dourif who also played the Damian Karras/ James Venamun in the psycho-horror The Exorcist 3 (1990). Brad Dourif and Mark Hamill are similar type as actors. Their faces and characteristics are very close with each other. Mark Hamill 's also well known for his voice acting performances in Firelord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, in DC’s animated movies and series. This casting is precise for the reboot.


The reboot of 1980s horror classics tend to over use of 'jump scares' ,' over use of CGI effects,' 'grotesque killing', 'hybrid of famous film monsters,' 'easy and rapid appearing of monsters and ghosts.' These flaws which are typical in James Wan factory products make films ''spooky house'' at some amusement park rather than ''film art.'' There is no reboot is free from these flaws. However the reboot of Child's Play (2019) successful