Thursday, 2 November 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "The Babysitter"

Netflix have brought us a new one just in time for Halloween and one couldn’t help but be curious, of course.

Plus, in great holiday spirit, it’s a home invasion movie, which is something I’m sure we’re all too used to by now at this time of year; little shits!

Anyway, The Babysitter introduces to young Cole, a ne’er-do- well, pubescent teen who’s not going to be climbing the social ladder any time soon, and is the oldest kid on his block to still have a babysitter. Fortunately, for this most likely four-times-a-day habit teen, his babysitter, Bee, is smoking hot! The two seem to get on like a house on fire, and there is definitely a strong chemistry between the two actors, which is cool, but then one night, after Cole has gone to bed, Bee brings some friends over and all Hell breaks loose!

This Home Alone style Horror Comedy is bound to have something for everyone, with quirky characters, fun dialogue and an overly-comic relief black guy who ticks all of your stereotype boxes for the genre (almost to a point where you may have to grit your teeth a couple of times), and some semi-decent acting throughout, which is always a nice – albeit welcomed – surprise when it comes to these kinds of films.

The gore is great fun and the deaths are even more so with their fantastic comedic style, and even throwing some slapstick in there for good measure, but also exploits the slasher genre clich├ęs almost out of tongue-in-cheek spite (the cheerleader, the jock, the comic-relief black guy, the nerd, etc.) many of which I just loved!

Unfortunately, once the rhythm gets going, the film feels almost rushed in certain places which I felt diluted the story a bit, plus it gets a bit ‘social commentary’ at one point which seemed to just get thrown in for the sake of trying to score brownie points. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for holding up a mirror to society in the arts and what have you.

However, when it’s done poorly with no point or relevance to the story, it just leaves me rolling my eyes and saying “Ugh, yeah, okay…” and shaking my head, which is a shame.

So, all that negativity aside, you pretty much get what it says on the tin, and if you don’t go in hoping for a modern-day masterpiece and just enjoy the film for what it is, then you’ll probably have a good time.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Verdict: I for one had a great time, because I thought it was going to be shit! – 6/10


Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!




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