How's it going ladies and lady-dudes? Apologies for the sudden hiatus from both Rhona and I this past week, but you know how this stuff goes; one minute you're floating calmly atop the lilo of chill on the ocean of bliss, then all of a sudden the seagull of poor timing dumps an epic load of shit in your lap. In this instance, that seagull was more albatross-sized and happened to have a major case of the squits.
|Like fishy napalm, it is.|
|I'll just put on my criticism hat.|
|"So I heard you like PTSD..."|
So yeah, the movie has very well constructed lore and a fully fleshed out monster to keep it up, but a lot of the uneasiness doesn't actually come from the titular bogeyman; it comes from this thing.
|Ew, what is it?|
|That is indeed one way, yes...|
Even if this movie didn't have as great a monster as it did, I could still see it being a beautifully unsettling drama about a mother trying to cope with a trouble child and the immense strain that puts on her. But coupled with a creature that revels in toying with you, hiding in the shadows, giving you sleepless nights, The Babadook becomes a massive boiling pot of tension and anxiety. It's fatiguing to watch.
|It takes a hell of a lot of energy not to wring his scrawny little neck.|
In the aforementioned scene involving the Babadook's book (omg, Babadook is an anagram of "A Bad Book"), the sound of cicadas slowly creeps in under Amelia's voice and cuts out suddenly when she closes it. It's a great and simple trick that added extra uneasiness and distortion to an already pretty screwy scene.
|As you can see by the number of screenshots, this one 5 minute scene has quite a reverberating effect on the rest of the film.|
|Look at it too long and it makes you want to yawn.|
|A solid, if poor, effort.|
|He looks like the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow, sans the added terror of being Christopher Walken.|
|"We can only not show these bits of the monster. All of these, completely OK."|
Overall Ben Equivalence Rating
Having Dreams About Killing Your Own Children -
Disturbing to say the least. Although if you don't have any kids or really don't like the ones you do have, then please speak to someone about these dreams you've been having. I'm worried.