In regards to creativity, The Boy 2 brings nothing to the table. That said, it’s a solid watch for anyone craving a few creeps.
The Boy hit theaters in 2015 to mild critical and box office success. Known for its twist, the movie has retained somewhat of a cult following. 4 years later, we have a sequel. Unfortunately, the franchise name means little to nothing.
The Boy 2 does very little to respect its predecessor, even disregarding its most critical trait. In doing so, the film not only loses itself to a tried formula, but also disrespects the fanbase it’s attempting to please.
Both films, though, are directed by William Brent Bell, and so at least feel tonally coherent. Unfortunately, that tone is no different than that of a bunch of other horror films.
The Boy 2 leaves no fingerprints on its script or its cinematography. While neither are notably awful, neither exhibit anything special. Sure, I never expected them to be above standard level. That said, it’s unfortunate they couldn’t breathe any style onto this film’s final form.
The movie is creepy, I’ll give it that. In fact, I’d say it’s much scarier than its predecessor. Unfortunately all these scares are done using cheap and predictable tactics. If you expect a jump-scare, it’s probably coming.
This films predictability, is its biggest downfall. However, it is also its saving grace. Because as nice as it is to see new dishes brought to the horror table, old recipes can taste good too.
If you’re looking for fresh meat, you won’t find it here. If you’d like a delicious gourmet meal, The Boy 2 can’t serve you. But if your desire is to revisit a favorite dish, Brahms is waiting with open arms.
If you’re in for a formulaic ride (as I was), The Boy 2 will take you. If you walk into the theater expecting nothing more than a few solid scares, you can enjoy this film. It may not be worth the highest of today’s inflated ticket prices, but you could do worse with 90 minutes of your time.
Even if The Boy 2 blends too deeply into a menu of similar items, it was a worth-it watch. And, at the end of the day, I only cared that it hadn’t wasted my time.
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆