Review: 2019s The Prodigy

The Prodigy

Review: 2019s The Prodigy

Review: 2019s The Prodigy

Let’s see the first creepy kid movie of the year!

Creepy kids have long been a mainstay in the horror genre, and have been around for ages. They really started to come into their own in the 70s and 80s, and haven’t gone anywhere. So, here we go with the first creepy kid movie of the year: 2019s The Prodigy, directed by Nicholas McCarthy.

Since we are still early in the year, I’m going to keep all of my 2019 reviews really vague other than my notes. So, here are my notes on this one.

  1. The first act of the movie felt fairly rushed. I was a bit confused from the get-go, and some of that is answered later, but had me scratching my head a bit at the beginning.
  2. He is a creepy kid, especially when he is speaking in a different language while sleeping. If one of my kids do that, I’m trading them in for new ones. That’s how that works, right?
  3. Well filmed for the most part. I liked the colors used, good and tight shots for most of the movie.
  4. There was a jump scare that actually got me, so that was fun.
  5. The hypnosis scene was really good, especially at the beginning.
  6. There was some good tension, but unfortunately some of those moments didn’t pay off.
  7. The creepy kid ended up being a bit more brutal than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised.

All in all: I enjoyed this one. It’s by no means a top contender for the year, but I liked it. My main issue is that sometimes it felt like there were two different directors in the movie. There would be some well-shot and scored scenes with tension, and then it would switch to a more Hollywood-feel scene, so it was a little confusing. It’s silly to nitpick based on what I wish would have happened, but if it would have taken a bit more of an atmospheric approach, this would have been really good.

But, as mentioned, I liked it. 6.5/10, and something I may toss in again in the future when it comes out.

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