segunda-feira, 15 de setembro de 2014

The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook is the directorial debut of Jennifer Kent, who formerly worked with Lars Von Trier. She starts very well with this horror movie about a classic bogeyman who haunts a widowed mother and her 6 year old. The horror genre is stuck to its own rules, but that doesn't mean a movie can't play with them. Babadook focuses more on character development with a brilliant, really brilliant, performance from Essie Davis, the mom, and Daniel Henshall, the boy, instead of focusing on the bogeyman, which is great. The "monster" has a sinister presence that haunts the movie as time goes by, but that isn't The Babadook's main focus. Jennifer Kent has full respect for the genre, with several references throughout (Poltergeist is clear), and a very personal directing style. It is not easy to make a good horror movie, but here it is: solid, haunting and one of the best australian movies in years. It is not the masterpiece some claim it to be tough, there are some flaws, but with the right mind you just won't care.

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