Not unlike The Dead Don’t Die, I only saw one trailer of the 2019 rebake of 1988’s Child’s Play before seeing the film. And I have to say, I think this is a bit more of what The Dead Don’t Die was going for. This film is genuinely funny, genuinely creepy, and genuinely stupid. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and The Meg wish they were this kind of “dumb fun.”
At first you’re not sure if you’re supposed to be laughing at Mark Hamill’s silly but unsettling rendition of the Buddi doll and AI interface’s voice. But it becomes pretty clear you shouldn’t take this movie too seriously; the filmmakers and writer certainly didn’t
This would’ve made a better Twilight Zone or Black Mirror episode focusing on the pretty tired but relevant trope of “what if Alexa and Echo were… eeeeevilll!?”
Chucky’s backstory and the reason for his full heel turn a good way into the film is actually pretty satisfying, and makes an interesting political and humanitarian statement. A supporting character even makes some meta points in the melee.
Several plot points stray from the original material and I do think it elevates the story and makes it more believable. With the influence of 80’s style coming of age adventures heavy in the cinematic and streaming zeitgeist, Child’s Play (2019) certainty borrowers elements from IT and Stranger Things. The ensemble cast does add some interest and depth to the story.
With an IMDB rating of 6.4/10 and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer of 60% and Audience Score of 59%, I give Child’s Play a 6.3/10.