Month: June 2019

Episode 98: Child’s Play (2019)

Garrett and Carson are friends ’til the end while they talk about the reboot of Child’s Play.

Review: Child’s Play (2019) (Carson’s View)

Child’s Play is a movie franchise about a 29 inch tall toy doll named Chucky who kills people.  Pretty straight forward premise. There have been seven Child’s Play movies proceeding this reboot.  Unlike many of the slasher horror movies, Chucky desperately needed to press the reset button.  It was a reboot that was needed, not a re-imagining.  Especially not when the re-imagining changes what makes Chucky a unique and interesting character.

Child’s Play brought in Mark Hamill to voice the new iteration of Chucky.  They changed the design of the doll which makes you wonder why anyone would buy this creepy thing in the first place.  They “aged-up” Andy in the remake to 13 from 6 years old.  All of these changes would have been acceptable had they kept what made Chucky the Chucky we know and love.  Instead, these changes were made to fit a new narrative in an attempt to be more relevant in today’s society.  It became another generic warning of where society and technology is going.

Child’s Play relies on a few gruesome murder scenes to carry the heavy lifting of this film.  A bit of humor and pop-culture references are sprinkled throughout, but not enough to distract me from the absence of the core of the original.  The Child’s Play for a new generation will be forgotten soon and I hope the next attempt will get back to the basics.

Review: Child’s Play (2019) (Garrett’s View)

Some enjoyable campy moments from Chucky’s lines to the heavy-R gore. But not full-on, tongue-in-cheek humor like its B-movie slasher predecessor.

Review: Toy Story 4 (Carson’s View)

Toy Story 4 brings us back to the secret life of toys for the last time. Woody, Buzz, and the gang are the latest in a long line of friends that we are forced to say goodbye to in 2019.  We have already lost certain Avengers, Westeros’ finest, Singer’s X-Men (thankfully), and later this year the Skywalker Saga will be concluded.  Spin-off and reboot talk has already begun on all the other properties (and perhaps eventually Toy Story will be no different), but this seems like a fitting end for Andy’s Room Toys.

Toy Story 4 did not “wow” me with the trailers. There was nothing in particular I was looking forward to.  In actuality, there were parts that I was dreading and hoped wouldn’t make it into the movie.  But as a big fan of the series along with my self-diagnosed condition of being a completionist, they had my ticket money from minute they announced production.  However, unlike Dark Phoenix, Toy Story 4 did not take advantage of the brand and put together a unique, fun, and heartfelt conclusion that any fan of the series will enjoy.  Even the scenes I was previously concerned with were entertaining in their entirety.

The crew we have grown to love over the past 25 years are a now part of Bonnie’s toy collection.  Breaking in a new kid certainly has it’s challenges, but our heroes handle it like champs!  The new adventure bounces from lighthearted and amusing to touching and inspiring, and back again. I am repeatedly amazed how these digitally created characters can trigger so many different emotions, while most human actors cannot.  You feel for these characters.  You feel with these characters. It is sad to see them go, but I thank them for their story.

Episode 97: Men in Black: International

Garrett and Carson wish they had been neuralyzed after watching Men in Black: International.

Review: Men in Black: International (Garrett’s View)

Incredibly plain. Like eating a bowl full of bland oatmeal with a side of bread and washing it down with lukewarm water.

Review: Rocketman (Garrett’s View)

A fantastical musical as unique as Elton John with a breakthrough performance from Egerton.

Review: Booksmart (Garrett’s View)

Consistently funny and will leave you wanting to hang out with these characters for one more night.

Episode 96: Dark Phoenix

Garrett and Carson are inhabited by a dark force while reviewing the latest X-Men film Dark Phoenix.

Review: Dark Phoenix (Garrett’s View)

Struggles across the board and is undoubtedly a top contender for the worst X-Men film to date.