Better Watch Out – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% (Critics) / 69% (Audience)
MetaScore: 67 – Generally favorable reviews
Directed By: Chris Peckover
Written By: Zack Kahn and Chris Peckover
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

The Good:
This movie’s biggest selling point is the way it pulls of twists (big twists, really big twists and “Holy shit! Did that just happen?” twists) with a skill that never makes the audience feel as if their intelligence is being insulted. To it’s credit the shifts in tone never feel jarring either. As things go from comedy to comedy-horror to outright horrific, the transition is seamless.

The young cast are all really good in their roles and play the adult scenarios very convincingly.
And I loved Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen as the clueless parents.

The Bad:
I personally was not a fan of the twist at the end of the film despite how well it was executed and most likely how satisfying it was to the majority of audiences. I’d have preferred the dark tone continue all the way through the end credits.

The Ugly:
The funny and seemingly harmless tricks young Kevin McCallister used against the bungling burglars in the HOME ALONE movies take on a totally different vibe when recreated in a horror movie.

Final Verdict: A great addition to the Christmas horror movie sub-genre that constantly keeps viewers on their toes by zigging where you would expect it to zag. Definitely worth a watch.

Grade: B

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