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The Babadook

After pining over this for weeks, I finally got down to watching it a few days ago. I was, in fact, so excited about watching it that I had a game plan. It had to be perfect! I planned it almost like a first date, except that I've never planned a first date, but that's besides the point.

The Babadook is about a widowed mother whose son believes that a monster is coming to get them. He's so certain of this that he starts building his own weapons and telling everyone about the monster. His mother is going crazy with stress and can't handle her screaming, paranoid child very well. Then her son asks her to read him a book called The Babadook, which turns out to be a little too creepy, so she hides it...but it ends up reappearing elsewhere, and with new pages added depicting some violent murders. Even worse, her son turns out to be right, as much as she tries to deny it. The Babadook is coming!

To be frank, I was a bit disappointed. It's a scary film, but didn't quite hit the mark for me the way other films have, e.g. The Conjuring, Insidious, etc. I do like its slightly more humorous tone, although I wonder if that negatively impacted the creepiness factor. I also wish the ending had been explained, but I will use my imagination.

Side note: Great acting! And that kid is friggin' annoying, but he redeems himself in the end.

My grade: B+




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