Sunday, August 20, 2017
THE BOOK OF HENRY MOVIE REVIEW
The Book of Henry is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris. The plot of the movie is with instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather. Usually, with new releases, I try not to spoil things that happen, but I have to go into detail with this because there is so much idiotic shit in this movie. So SPOILER WARNING if you have any interest in seeing this. The only good thing about this movie are the performances. The main character Susan played by Naomi Watts is completely useless. She relies on her son Henry for everything, but he dies halfway through because apparently, he had a brain tumor, but he somehow made this prerecorded thing for her. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I thought it could be good, but this movie is a complete mess and filled with so many plot holes. When Henry dies his mom reads the notebook that he has and one of the pages says to check the safe. So she opens the safe and there is a tape recorder and she listens to it and he says "mom if your listening to this I'm already gone. I thought OK how did you record that. Apparently this 11 year old boy with terminal brain cancer unhooked himself from his hospital bed, was able to get out of the room with his mom in there, made it out of the hospital, walked back home and recorded this detailed plan for his mom to kill the abusive stepfather and then walked back to the hospital, got passed every single person, got back to his hospital room and rehooked himself up to the equipment. I am not making this shit up that's what the movie says happened. Later on, in the movie he unhooks himself from it again and the machine starts beeping like crazy and the mom wakes up and a doctor runs in. So I guess this hospital machine decided not to beep the first time. This kid narrated this whole plan so perfectly because the mom is a complete dumb ass throughout the entire movie. There is a scene where she has to get money to buy a sniper rifle because apparently, the best thing to do in this situation is to shoot the guy. She goes to an ATM and she gets $500 because that's the max deposit, but the gun is $1,100. On the recording Henry says "There is another ATM on the right" she turns left and I am not joking the recording says"your other right". You mean to tell me that he knew she would turn left instead of right and just had that prerecorded. What if she turned right and then heard "your other right" it would have screwed up the whole plan. There is also this subplot where after Henry dies the younger son has to try to keep her from eating dessert all day every day and 10 to 15 minutes of the movie is devoted to this. The actual plot of stopping the abusive stepfather doesn't kick in until 1 hour and 10 minutes into a 1 hour and 45 minute movie with credits The characters in this movie are so dumb Henry is supposed to be a genius, but rather than doing the smart thing which would be to use your phone record the abuse than show it to the police he comes up with a plan to kill the guy. I haven't even gotten to the best part at some point the mom forges adoption papers and in the end, the stepfather kills himself and she gets to adopt the girl. This movie has no idea what it wants to be the first 30 minutes it's a family movie then Henry has his seizure and it turns into some sappy sad movie than it goes back to being a fun family movie for about 15 minutes and then finally it's this crazy thriller. If you want to just have a good time with a group of friends see this movie. In fact, watch this movie and then Wish Upon you will have a blast. 0 out of 5 stars for The Book of Henry.