CHILD'S PLAY (2019) REVIEW (SPOILERS TOWARDS END)
What did I think of it? I thought it was pretty' rad! It's not perfect but it's still a good movie in my opinion. I still prefer the original, of course, and it doesn't beat the first few sequels. But its definitely better than everything from Seed to Cult. The design of Chucky is definitely different and isn't for everyone, but over the course of the movie, I got used to it. The kills were kind of meh, but two of them still stick out in my mind and were pretty cool. Before I get into the spoilers I'll just say it's worth watch, at least once. If you aren't a fan of the design of Chucky and deep down, you hate it, then sure you should skip it. But as a hardcore horror fan and a fan of Chucky, I had to see it.
I really liked that they drove the "friends til the end" bit to tell the story. As most of us knew, this Chucky wouldn't be a possessed doll and more of a malfunctioned A.I. It being done by a mistreated factory worker was kinda "eh", but it worked for the most part. And Chucky basically being influenced to do wrong worked because it differentiates it from the original. I enjoyed Andy having friends also and being older than the original Andy. The mom character being different helped as well. Here, Andy has friends and they all test Chucky's capabilities and use him to have fun. But of course, shit goes haywire when Chucky starts misinterpreting things. Also, I loved that Chucky's first glimpse of killing was the kids watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The toy store scene was pretty damn cool too. That's all I'm gonna spoil for now.
All in all, it was solid. I did enjoy it and I'm definitely buying it on blu ray once its released. It's different enough for it to not constantly remind you of the original or find it messing up continuity in the original series. Chucky may have never came back to the theaters without a remake down the line so I'm grateful for this film. It is beneficial to the TV series too because it'll bring eyes to it.
Let's talk about Freddy vs. Jason.
I'm not the biggest fan of the movie for many reason. Of course, like any other movie, it has its problems. But is it terrible?
I don't think it's terrible, but I don't consider it among the best in either franchise. The only things that keep me going really are the fight scenes between Freddy and Jason, and Robert Englund as a whole. The casts in both franchises were never really the best in the first place, but this cast is just awful aside from maybe 2 or 3 of them outside of Freddy and Jason. Hell, even Jason has problems.
Since the 80s, the idea of having these two face off was floated around. But I imagine, it was Kane Hodder who they wanted as Jason. That would have been a big plus and I'm not too big on Jason's movements being slowed down even more since becoming Zombie Jason. And adding that Jason was afraid of water was really damaging to him as a character. I understand he drowned, but he's literally walked and traveled under water with no problem. But this Jason would have a panic attack in the shower. That's a big no-no.
The kills were okay for what they were, some were good. I didn't care for the way it was shot either. The camera angles were different in some shots, but not to its benefit, in my opinion. The diagonal shots weren't the best, the transitions in some scenes were kinda bad.
Overall, I can find myself watching it from time to time just to see Freddy and Jason on screen together, and maybe see a few decent kills, but other than that its close to the bottom of each franchise for me. The last battle between the two was epic though. Shame it was at the end of this instead of a better film.
Another positive note is I liked some of the songs used. That intro song was badass and definitely gets you pumped.
If I ranked it, it'd get maybe a 3/5 purely for a popcorn fun flick. . . .