Movie Title: The Babadook
Date Released: January 17th, 2014 – Sundance Film Festival
Date Seen: April 24th, 2015
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
Have you ever wondered what it’d feel like to watch a whole movie that feels like a nightmare? Look no further! I’ve found it for you. This movie. It’s creepy, it’s freaky, and will scare you by bringing up those fears everyone has – darkness, the thing that went bumb in the night, the monsters under the bed, that creepy shadow in the corner of the room that kind of looks like a person. It’s really good at those types of scares. You see the Babadook for a fleeting few seconds a couple of times, but for the most part, it’s your imagination that’s going to scare the crap out of you. It can be a little cheesy at times, and yeah, the kid is annoying as hell in the beginning, but it’s still pretty good.
There’s a lot of dream like elements in the movie – which help it feel like a nightmare. The entire movie is a blue-grey colors scheme, even in the day time. Sometimes there are these really jumpy cuts, or a scene of Amelia falling asleep by slowing falling into her bed with the camera above her. The scenes where we see the Babadook are this weird clay-mation kind of feeling thing. It feels like it’s coming straight from the pages of the book. So it gives you that feeling you have in nightmares where you know you’ve seen some of this before in the day, and it’s coming back to haunt you. For that reason, I’d also suggest not watching this right before bed like I did. It makes you just a little extra paranoid about oh god what was that totally explainable by the cat noise I just herad? Definitely not the cat. Anyway, the nightmare-ish aspects of the movie were probably my favorite part of it.
The plot was nothing too unexpected, but didn’t feel like a plot that’s been overdone too many times. You could get real artsy with how the Babadook doesn’t exist and it’s a woman and her son dealing with the death of her husband/his father. But why get all artsy-fartsy? It was a good scare and good movie without even having to do that. The acting was good, especially with the little boy that played Samuel.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
In the beginning of the movie I couldn’t stand Samuel. Whiney brats annoy me and that’s exactly what he was. But he gets way better once Amelia starts going crazy. Though, he’s a smart kid with making those homemade weapons. They were pretty cool.
The Babadook/Amelia needed a new line other than “you little shit”. I feel like they said it way too many times that it just lost its effect. The first time is shocking, that Amelia would call her son that, but then it just gets repetitive. Though could be because the Babadook didn’t seem to have that big of a vocabulary… who knows.
It’s hard to scare me, considering my obsession with horror movies. This one is creepy, preys on natural fears everyone has, and has that nice dream-like feeling I like.