So, The Boy is the first part in a planned trilogy, which means that it ends on kind of an open note. Since a lot of Horror movies end the same way (usually with a shocking "It's not over!" kind of twist), it's not the biggest deal in the world, but it may put some people off.
Oh, and it's produced by Elijah Wood. That's also fairly notable.
|HE'S LOOKING AT THAT KID LIKE HE'S A BOTTLE OF GIN.|
|YEAH, HE KILLED IT.|
|THIS IS WHY WE DON'T HAVE KIDS.|
In a way, The Boy is a coming of age tale, albeit one that involves a child's fascination with death instead of a burgeoning romance, or something sweet like that, as is par for the course with most coming of age movies. Here, we get a seemingly normal kid who is desperate to escape his life, and unable to do so, so he turns to violence to mete his anger. Played convincingly by Jared Breeze, we can sympathize with Ted and his plight, but we're also wary of him, because we just know that he'd kill us if he got the chance...
|...JUST LIKE HE KILLED THAT DEER.|
It was interesting to see Rainn Wilson in a dramatic role for a change. We loved The Office, and he was brilliant as Dwight Schrute, but here we get to see him spread his wings and play a troubled character, and do so rather well. Next, we want to see him play a deranged maniac like The Scranton Stranger; we think he'd pull it off perfectly. And let us not forget about David Morse, who is as great in this one as he always is, which is to say really great. An overall solid job was done here by a solid cast.
|IS HE THE SCRANTON STRANGLER? THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.|
Don't get us wrong, we liked The Boy, and it's a really good movie, it's just very slow, and it feels like it's essentially just a set-up for a sequel. Which it is. Still, it's more than worthy of a rental, if you're in that Indie/Art House Horror kind of mood.
The Boy is available now on VOD, and in Limited Theatrical Release.