Day 116 & Day 117 – Child’s Play 3 & The Fly (1986)

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Movie Title: Child’s Play 3

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 30 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Child’s Play 3 is a lackluster sequel to a couple of pretty good, if over the top, horror movies. A lot of the blame for the movie’s failure goes to the writer and the studio. The writer was required to write the sequel before the second movie in the series was even completed. The writers needed to take quite a few liberties in continuing the story. They couldn’t use the same actors. They couldn’t make many presumptions about the content of the previous movie and therefore the result is pretty boring.

The plot advances eight years and Andy Barclay is now a teenager. He is enrolled in a military school because he is a degenerate and his mother is a ward of the state. One of the things that made Chucky such an effective villain in the previous movies was the fact that he was mainly preying on unsuspecting victims and a child. By making Barclay a teenager they remove a lot of the positive factors the original movie had. The plot is also ludicrous. Instead of trying to put his soul into Andy, Chucky decides to try and put it into the son of a soldier staying at the school named Tyler. Tyler has to be the most gullible fool ever born. Why this plan would ever make any sense is never explained. Much of the rest of the movie is Andy and his various military school comrades being used and abused by a domineering student put in a position of authority. It’s boring and doesn’t connect well with Chucky’s tomfoolery. That’s what people want to see.

On top of the other story problems, the numerous unexplained deaths are never attributed to the doll despite clearer causality than in any of the other movies. At one point he reveals himself to one of the cadets and allows him to get away and in another scene he reveals himself to practically a whole platoon of cadets. It stretches my willingness to suspend disbelief too far. On top of that, the deaths are not creative. One of them is literally just Chucky inducing a heart attack. On top of that, Justin Whalin and Jeremy Sylvers are terrible child actors. Their ability to be convincing is naught and my ability to believe that the foxy Perrey Reeves would want to hook up with a meatball like Justin Whalin ended any doubts I had that the movie was rot.

There were a couple of positives though. Seeing Andrew Robinson in the role of the base’s barber was fascinating. A few years later he would go on to play a similar role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine playing Garek which he did phenomenally well. This movie almost felt like an audition tape for that role. The amusement park at the movie’s climax is pretty cool and by far the most interesting part of the story. I would definitely pay the price of admission to go to that rather than some Ferris wheels that look like they’re going to fall over if just one more bolt pops out.

Verdict:

It is not good. If you are a hardcore Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan see it. Otherwise, skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Fly (1986)

 

Movie Title: The Fly (1986)

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 36 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Fly is hard to forget once you’ve seen it. Jeff Goldblum plays a scientist on the verge of an incredible scientific breakthrough. All the same, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is lonely. He goes to a party hosted by a scientific journal to get out of the lab for a change. At the party he runs into Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) who is a journalist covering the event. He sweet talks her back to his place to show off his invention. He has developed a teleportation device that can transfer matter from one place to another. It only works on inanimate objects at first, but after toying with the design he develops the ability to transfer living matter. A romance with Veronica ensues and a love triangle develops. Veronica’s possessive ex-boyfriend holds the story of Brundle’s invention over her because he also happens to be her editor. She goes to see him in the middle of the night to suppress the story and Brundle’s elation turns to depression. He gets drunk and decides to try the machine on himself without waiting for any further testing. Unfortunately, he is not alone in the machine. A fly comes along for the ride.

The movie then documents Jeff Goldblum’s slow transformation into a human-fly hybrid. The practical effect work and costuming is incredible. The story is also quite versatile. It is in some ways a monster movie warning people not to screw around with nature in the vein of Frankenstein. On the other hand it turns into a dark and twisted love triangle that results in a tragic yet appropriate ending. One key detail is left deliberately unresolved and I liked that choice despite the fact that they went on to make a dreadful sequel about it.

Verdict:

The Fly is an incredible movie and works on multiple levels. It has incredible practical special effects, costuming, and makeup. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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