Plot: After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
Director: William Brent Bell
Released: February 2020
I couldn’t help but be intrigued when I heard they were making a sequel to The Boy, a film that I enjoyed but didn’t think there was anything else they could do with the story, however with the original director and writer returning and the introduction of the usually solid Katie Holmes, I was more than willing to give it a go, afterall it couldn’t possibly be worse than the other horror films that have come out in 2020.
After wathing the film, it’s interesting to see how low the film has been scored by other critics, The reason being that I found the The Boy 2 rather enjoyable, not too clished and due to the deepening of the lore surronding the doll actually makes the first film even more interesting. In fact the history surroning the doll actually made me want them to make more films in the francise that go back in time and show us some of these stories.
I’m going to avoid spoilers, bu the reason for the family moving out of London and into the countryside was an aspect that I found worked quite well and the trauma show by both Liza (Holmes) and Jude (Convery) gave the film extra layers, though I would say Bell might have overdone it with the dream sequences and early jump-scares.
As the only non-British member of the cast, Holmes had a good performance, it’s interesting to see how matured her perfomaces have become and when emotion needed to be injected, she hit all the marks. Yeoman was solid as the somewhat clishe non-beliving parent. But for me it was Convery who really stole the show, espeshally given that for the most part he was tasked with using just facial expressions to convay how he was feeling.
One of the films weak points is the changes made to the doll and how he is shown on screen. In the first film it was hinted at that he was moving, but never seen on screen, her we see him move and I feel it takes something away from the film as you’re nolonger in the same possition as the characters and I could have done without the CGI reveal at the end.
Do I think this is a great film? No, but I think it attempted to do something different and for the most part it sucseeded. I enjoyed the performances and the level of depth that each character was given. The backstory doesn’t violate the first film and infact improves it. I would say that Brahms: The Boy 2 was enjoyable enough that it could be watched without seeing the first film and although the bar hasn’t been set very high, be the one of the better horror released of this year.