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.