"This is the end, friend."
Taken from the 1988 version of Child's Play and reinvented for the 2019 version, that one line is done in a way that's so different from the original that it truly captures how much the remake deviates from its source material while also showing respect to the classic film.
Buddi is no longer just a plush toy who can talk. Like many toys of today, he is a computer put in a "cuddly" exterior. He can hook up to your phones and your "cloud." He knows your name, age, gender, and so much more.
I remember my baby sisters' first ever toy like that (Elmo.) You tell this toy everything about your child, from their name, age, and favorites, so that it can relate to them more and grow accustomed to their learning level. I was weirded out by its ability to seem "real" and know so much about you, and for good reason, apparently.
On top of all of that, in this film Buddi knows your daily routine and can connect to any of your "Kaslan" products at home (phone, TV, vacuum, etc.)- a very plausible concept for the future of capitalism and business. Sound familiar?
This film took a bold risk by making Andy older and still keeping the same name, but it works. Although, his relationship with his mom is more like a siblings relationship. That's not to say I didn't absolutely love Aubrey Plaza in this film. She always seems way too cool for everyone and everything, and her ability to seem in a constant state of boredom, but also be attractive while doing so, is a talent. I just don't think audiences are fully prepared to see her play a mom to a teenaged boy.
When Andy first opens Chucky, we get the classic joke about technology never being able to understand you for some reason. It was so preposterous I actually found it funny, which can be said about most of this film.
Furthermore, there is an insinuated idea that Chucky may not have been such a mass serial murderer, if it had not been for those apartment kids. (Sidebar- Apartment kids- as I used to be one, so I know- are some of the most unsupervised, fast kids.) Most of Chucky's murder techniques come from the neighborhood kids and horror films. His entire initial purpose for murder is trying to protect Andy. When he kills the obviously-married mom's boyfriend, he does so thinking it will help Andy. But in the far-fetched fashion this film seems to have, he takes it further by putting said boyfriends' face on a watermelon and (rolls it?) back to Andy's room.
The film continues with the entertaining death of a perverted maintenance man and the very UN-deserved death of Andy's neighbor.
It all leads up to the super-market climax, where the murder of a mascot kicks off a battle royale that fizzles out well before its due time. I craved more battles against murderous toys.
After a good one-on-one showdown and the "killer-is-never-dead-the-first-time" trope, the film follows Child's Play tradition and ends on a cliffhanger. Will they make another film? Who knows. I think they could, with all the positive feedback this film has received. There could have been so much more fun and gore, but I believe the film did just a fine job at entertaining its crowd and telling an old story in a new way.
Jacindable Rating: ★★
starring, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, Tim Matheson, Carlease Burke, Marlon Kazadi, and more
written and directed by, Tyler Burton Smith and Lars Klevberg