‘Child’s Play’ Review: This Defective Remake Should Be Returned for a Full Refund

/Film | 6/21/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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There’s a great gag in the 1992 Simpsons Halloween episode Treehouse of Horror III. It happens during the segment “Clown Without Pity”, which involves an evil Krusty the Clown doll attempting to murder Simpson patriarch Homer. The problem is resolved when a repairman arrives at the Simpson residence, takes one look at the back of the doll, and proclaims: “Yep, here’s your problem. Someone set this thing to evil.”

Sure enough, on the dolls back is switch with two modes: GOOD and EVIL. It’s a quick, silly throwaway joke that works perfectly in the comical animated world of The Simpsons. And the makers of the 2019 Child’s Play remake apparently liked it so much they decided to steal it to create their Chucky. Because the new Chucky isn’t a doll possessed by a serial killer. It’s just a doll that someone set to evil. How lazy can you get?

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It’s probably unfair to constantly compare a remake to its original, and I can’t fault the new Child’s Play for trying new things. In fact, it’s commendable that screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith and director Lars Klevberg attempted to teach an old doll new tricks. Unfortunately, the new story they come up with is so bland and lifeless that it borders on incompetent. To make things all the more frustrating, there are the germs of good ideas buried in here, but never fully realized. And Klevberg’s direction is often quite stylish, relying on bright reds, greens and blues that give the film a cold, sleek vibe. But none of that really matters when the final product turns out to be so defective.

In this Child’s Play, Chucky is a “Buddi” doll, the product of the Kaslan Corporation – a mega-company that’s sort of like Apple and Amazon combined. They manufacture practically everything, including dolls possessing...
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