Child's Play 2 (1990)
One of my all time favorites.
A waste of 90 minutes of my life
It's complicated... I really like the directing, acting and writing but, there are issues with the way it's shot that I just can't deny. As much as I love the storytelling and the fantastic performance but, there are also certain scenes that didn't need to exist.
The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Do the filmmakers really think that we will like Andys new family? I mean yes, I did like Christine Elise as Kylel (she's reprising her role in 2017s Curse of Chucky but his foster parents are never sure if they even wanna adopt Andy. They talk about him like "we get used to him" and "he needs more attention than we can give him". Nice people that should get killed by the murderous puppet Chucky. Somehow the original 1988 film had a way better cinematography. This time everything looks like a terrible home video. Welcome to the 90s, I guess? It's corny. It's cheesy. And Andy, an annoying little child is mysteriously way more capable of facing Chucky than any grown-up.
We have here a continuation of horror film that manages to be superior to its predecessor. Again, the highlight of the film is production, photography, visual effects, art direction, locations and scenarios, everything again is of an absurd and even better quality than the first film. And again without a doubt, the voice work of Brad Dourif is a spectacle to the part. The film may not have the most original story of the movie but it manages to be more energetic and tense than the first film, just because an adopted child occupies the position of protagonist of the film, which makes things reasonably more tense, And also mentioning the performance of Alex Vincent who also steals the scene for him. The director here seems much more inspired by the film, all the directing work is far superior to the first film. But we still have some problems, the supporting cast remains weak, we have some nonsense scenes and also the ridiculous attempt to make the film take itself seriously, but here we have some black humor. I emphasized the positive aspects of the film because it is much better than the previous one and because I did not like it very much, my expectations were very low, but it is a predictable film, definitely forgettable and narratives relapsed.
Since I've already mentioned that I've only started watching the Chucky anthology recently (2016), I will this time attempt to sound less apologetic (yes, I should have seen it as a kid, I didn't, get over it). Chucky 2 is the beginning of the process to turn Child's Play to another classic Slasher series and establish his status as equal to Freddie or Jason. In my opinion - it failed miserably.In order for the process to set off on the right foot, the sequel has to at least top the original, which Child's Play 2 absolutely doesn't. I realize we're talking about a film that had been released 26 years ago, but understanding that bluntly stupid characters damage a film's effect (and reputation) isn't a 21st century notion. It's a doll, but it's becoming more and more "human" in regards to vulnerability. You have to destroy it's heart. Say it with me: Destroy. The. Heart. Chucky is menacing, frightening and evil, and is quite strong seeing as how it's a doll possessed by the soul of a deranged serial killer, but it's still a doll. Burn it to the ground, chop it to pieces with an axe, drop it into a tub full of acid, do something! Anything to make sure the heart is destroyed, if you're unable to stab it or shoot it! No. Instead, Alex Vincent (who's still unauthentic and unconvincing) and Jenny Agutter (also unimpressive, even in late 80's standards) insist on doing anything but actually killing the doll, regardless to countless opportunities and the fact Andy knows how to kill it, having witnessed his mother's past attempts. The plot and screenplay are completely irrelevant, since the entire film revolves around Chucky's superiority and his magical ability to completely disarm people of their logic and intellect.The good part? Chucky is adorable and hilarious (just what you want out of a Horror villain, right?). His facial expressions, trying to be more vicious and scary this time, reminded me of Mr. Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. Not a good sign considering this was supposed to be a scary movie. Also, making Chucky a comically cynical bastard in the footsteps of Freddie is nothing more than an unoriginal imitation. My fault, I know. I'm watching a kids film when I'm old enough to be a father. Still. This film isn't suitable for children (as it would scare them too much), and is a joke to adults. If you watch it, it would probably be for the 1000th time, but if you're a first timer - do yourself a favour, and go watch A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th. Child's Play is a bust.
This follow-up to the somewhat legendary cult film 'Child's play' still works pretty good as well. The story moves on where the last one ended, but unfortunately Catherine Hicks is no longer in the picture. Instead, there is a foster family with the best of intentions, but also a lot of doubts, who take poor Andy in. But Chucky is coming...soon!Christine Elise may be a sort of substitute for Hicks' part, being another (teen) child being taken in by the family. Chucky chases the children up and down the city again, and some horror scenes are pretty cool, with a fun finale in the toy factory.Good fun was had by all, once again. 7 out of 10.