Here we go again, another PG-13 horror flick that is mildly creepy, but lazy and inoffensive. I keep finding myself sitting in the dark each week, hoping to find that occasional gem. Unfortunately The Boy is not that one-in-ten that shines, but is just spooky enough to be fun. Although this film is enjoyable, I am not sure why it received a theatrical release. Given its limited budget and setting, this film would probably play better on the small screen and would be great for a Netflix release. Before I get too deep into my opinion, lets talk about the story.
A young American woman named Greta takes a job for an elderly, British couple and agrees to look after their child. Once she meets the geriatric couple, she realizes that the child is actually a doll that is kept like a real boy. She is given a list of silly rules, told to follow them and then the two wisk away on vacation. Once they leave, she goes back to treating the boy as a doll until things take a more sinister turn for the worse,
As I stated before, this is neither great nor terrible. It falls right into that mediocre spot that most of these theatrical horror releases do. There is just not a lot to say about this movie. The acting and script is okay, the cinematography is pretty standard and the sets are appropriately creepy. The third act does take a 180 degree turn that is fun and goes in a direction that is both entertaining and unexpected. All in all, I do not suggest going to the cinema to see this flick but could be enjoyable if rented out of the Redbox on a boring Thursday night. The Boy is currently playing in theaters everywhere.