Updated date:

Movie Review - Child's Play (2019)

Author:

A passionate screenwriter and freelance blogger with deep interest in horror, action, and documentary films.

Child's Play (2019) Movie Poster

Child's Play (2019) Movie Poster

Overview

Child’s Play (2019) is a American slasher film directed by Lars Klevberg and screenplay written by Tyler Burton Smith. The film was produced by Orion Pictures and distributed by United Artists Releasing. Child’s Play (2019) was released in theaters across the United States and Canada on June 21, 2019. Child’s Play (2019) will be the 8th movie installment in the Child's Play franchise history. Child’s Play (2019) is a remake and adaptation of the first Child’s Play which was released in 1988. Child’s Play (2019) cast stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill, and Brian Tyree Henry.

Aubrey Plaza (Karen Barclay), Gabriel Bateman (Andy Barclay), and Mark Hamill (Chucky) at the Child's Play (2019) Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere

Aubrey Plaza (Karen Barclay), Gabriel Bateman (Andy Barclay), and Mark Hamill (Chucky) at the Child's Play (2019) Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere

Summary

The movie starts out with a Kaslan Corporation commercial introducing their new automated Buddi doll. At the Kaslan Corporation factory in Vietnam, a worker is scolded and slapped for not doing his job. The worker gets his hands on one of the toys and rewrites it’s system on the computer to make it corrupt. After completion, the worker jumps to his death and the corrupt Buddi doll is transported inside the truck. In Chicago, Karen Barclay works as a cashier at a store where Buddi dolls are sold. A customer returns a Buddi doll to Karen and tells her that the toy is not working properly. Karen decides to take the broken Buddi doll home to give it to her 13-year-old son Andy to cheer him up after moving into a new apartment. Bored Andy sits alone in the apartment hallway and is met by a new neighbor Detective Norris and his mother Doreen. Karen walks over to Andy and tells him that she has a surprise waiting for him. Karen shows Andy the new Buddi doll and Andy becomes overjoyed. The Buddi doll introduces itself as “Chucky” and doesn’t necessarily follow Andy’s command. Andy and Chucky start to get along, until Karen’s new boyfriend Shane shows up. Andy despises Shane and doesn’t really get along well with him. Andy decides to prank Shane with the help of his new friends, Falyn and Pugg. Andy orders Chucky to scare Shane and Chucky successfully scares Shane while he was getting a beer from the fridge.


Karen and Andy unwraps the Buddi doll box

Karen and Andy unwraps the Buddi doll box

At night, Andy and his friends watch Texas Chainsaw the movie in the living room and Chucky watches the violence that is exposed in front of him. While Andy and his friends are paying attention to the movie, Chucky grabs a kitchen knife from the kitchen drawer and attempts to stab Andy’s friends. Andy manages to stop Chucky and Chucky doesn’t know what is wrong with him. The next day, Andy comes from home from school and finds his cat deceased with blood on the floor. Chucky tells Andy that he will protect anyone that attacks him. Andy dumps his deceased cat in the dumpster. Later in the night, Andy is confronted by Shane who tells him about a repeating audio recording from Chucky calling him a jerk. Shane leaves the apartment complex and Andy wishes that Shane never existed. Chucky listens to this and decides to go after Shane. Chucky follows Shane home and Shane is greeted by his two daughters back home. It is shown that Shane is having marital affairs with Karen and another wife. While Shane is outside in the backyard removing the Christmas lights from the roof, Chucky manages to kill Shane by breaking his legs and using the lawn mower. Detective Norris investigates the crime scene where Shane is deceased and informs Karen about the unfortunate news. Andy finds out that Chucky killed Shane after Chucky admits to him and Andy decides to disable Chucky. With the help of his friends, Chucky is disabled and thrown in the dumpster. Apartment janitor and repairman Gabe finds disabled Chucky in the dumpster. Gabe, excited with his discovery, reprograms Chucky and Chucky murders Gabe with a table saw. Next morning, Detective Norris investigates the next crime scene where Gabe is deceased and becomes suspicious of Andy being the perpetrator.


Gabe's preparation to reboot Chucky

Gabe's preparation to reboot Chucky

At the apartment complex, Andy meets a new friend Omar who introduces his new Buddi doll and Andy becomes skeptical. The next day, Andy and his friends visit Karen’s workplace. Andy is approached by Omar’s new Buddi doll who reveals itself to be Chucky. Andy tries to disable Chucky again and Omar gets into a scuffle with him. Andy tries to convince Omar and his friends that the doll is Chucky, but no one believes him. Andy manages to take Omar’s phone on the ground and find where Chucky is going next. He finds out that Doreen is the next target and fails to prevent Doreen from getting inside the self-driving car. Chucky takes control of the self-driving car and leads Doreen into a fatal car crash. At the apartment, Karen discovers that the cat is deceased and questions Andy about it. Andy tells her that Chucky did it and Karen tells him that she doesn’t believe him. Karen tells Andy that he will be staying with her at her workplace from now on. The next day, Andy sees a huge crowd of customers lining up for the new Buddi 2 at the store. Detective Norris confronts Andy about the murders.


Karen comforts Andy after scuffle with Omar at the store

Karen comforts Andy after scuffle with Omar at the store

Meanwhile, Chucky hacks all of the artificial intelligence drones and dolls in the store. The drones with fast spinning blades attack the customers inside the store which causes a huge fiasco. Chucky hacks the store's automated gate and closes it while customers escape. Andy is rescued by his friends and Detective Norris gets injured by one of the drones. Andy and his friends find the exit point and the store television shows Karen held as Chucky’s hostage. Andy tells his friends that he has to go back inside the store to save her. Andy walks inside the store warehouse and finds Karen tied up with a rope around her neck. He tries to remove the rope, but is attacked by Chucky. The rope begins to lever up and chokes Karen to death. Andy manages to defeat Chucky and save Karen by cutting the rope. Andy and Karen rejoice, but are approached by Chucky once again. Chucky holding a knife, charges at them and is shot in the head by Detective Norris which disables Chucky. Injured Detective Norris and Karen are transported in the ambulance by paramedics. Andy and his friends hit the remains of Chucky with a bat in the alleyway. Kaslan Corporation CEO Henry Kaslan makes a public statement to recall all Buddi dolls. At the end of the scene, one of the Buddi dolls eyes turns red and smiles.

Henry Kaslan, CEO of Kaslan Coporation, makes a public statement to recall all Buddi dolls

Henry Kaslan, CEO of Kaslan Coporation, makes a public statement to recall all Buddi dolls

Review

The remake of Child’s Play (2019) really takes on a different style of approach compared to the originals. As in the originals, Chucky is possessed by a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray and tries to take the soul of a young boy named Andy. In the 2019 remake version, Chucky is an artificial intelligence that follows only commands and behaves more robotic than humanistic. In the digital age of technology and smartphones, Child’s Play (2019) really shows how far society has come and adapted to the existence of artificial intelligence. With brand new cast and new characters, it does make the new 2019 film interesting. However, there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed with this film. First is the awkward dialogue throughout the film, it was too much “On-The-Nose” in screenwriting terms. There wasn’t really a lot of subtext or hidden emotions within the characters which made the viewer feel disconnected. The characters didn’t really express their emotions a lot, but through dialogue. Another issue with this film was the development of unnecessary characters. For example, there wasn’t anything particularly special about Gabe and he had no interaction with the protagonist at all. Gabe’s character was kinda underdeveloped with a short amount of screen time and no purpose in the film other than being a janitor. Overall, Child’s Play (2019) is for any fans that want a fast paced story with no breaks. Child’s Play (2019) is streaming now on Hulu.

New improved A.I. Chucky

New improved A.I. Chucky

© 2020 Daniel Won