Brahms The Boy II Movie Review

Brahms the boy to God when you say it out loud like that this film picks up with a new family that has fled from a traumatic event a burglary that led to an assault they're staying far away from the city temporarily at a house and their young boy who no longer speaks after said attack digs up the porcelain doll named Brahms and soon after a lot of terrible things start to happen to this family as the kid becomes obsessed with the doll the first film was made for ten million dollars it made that back in just his first weekend then it grossed about thirty-five million in America and a total of 74 million worldwide that's why we have a sequel to a movie that at best had a lukewarm response even people who like this movie nobody is gonna put the boy on their list of best horror movies of all time it's just that's not gonna happen and yet money talks and so we have another one this time starring Katie Holmes who is pretty good in the movie I would say she's actually the best part of the movie in fact if I'm going with positives first all of the acting is good the young actor is very good the husband is very good Ralph's innocent from the which is in the film in as usual he's great but this movie doesn't really have permission to exist and I think the film knows that because the first movie had a very final ending and an ending that makes you think differently about the rest of the movie and ending that I didn't really think made any sense but it sort of takes the rest of the film and says oh I'm looking at that through a different light if you haven't seen that first film I'm going to spoil it now that's your warning throughout the entirety of this first movie this in-home babysitter is hired to take care of a porcelain doll who has all of these rules his name is Brahms and for a lot of the movie you think oh man this is like some Annabelle shit this dolls possessed is doing things it's moving around this is fucking crazy she needs to get out of there at the end of the movie you realized that there's actually an adult man named Brahms living in the walls of that house controlling that doll moving it around he's the one who takes the food away he's the one who has all the problems and the issues I told you that because I want to say that if you really liked that film I'm not seeing you like this one because this movie takes Brahms and within the first like 25 minutes you see the doll fucking move his eyes move it happens a lot and there's nobody around you know that they are now retconning most of that ending and saying actually no the doll is possessed and so for most of this movie you're aware that this doll is now this entity that's controlling this kid or influencing this kid so if you really liked the first film I'm not seeing this seek will do anything for you either but the majority of people felt the movie was kind of bad so who is this movie for it's not for fans of the first one because it's kind of pretending like that didn't even happen and similar to the first one this film also has a third act reveal of sorts that makes you think differently about everything that's ever happened in both of these movies which also makes the first film make even less sense which is weird to me because oftentimes when you have a horror movie that is moderately successful like the first one studios go oh shit we could maybe have a franchise on our hands now the writer and director usually come out and they're like actually we kind of ended it like it was pretty final like they smashed the doll and the boys in the wall and it's kind of done like I don't don't worry about it okay we're gonna make another one we'll just give it to somebody else who doesn't give a shit that's usually what happens but this time the exact same writer-director have made this movie which is pretending like their first movie was like a lot of misinformation like when you watch the first movie now having seen the second one the entire first movie now feels like one giant red herring this one has unnecessary dream sequences when they don't know what else to do they want to scare you they're following that scare every 10 minutes rule and so Katie Holmes has two nightmares that lead to nothing and the opening assault burglary sequence feels like an afterthought a seem designed to give the boy some kind of trauma so that he won't speak anymore and he only speaks while he writes on a notepad and a scene designed to make Katie Holmes feel bad for most of the movie when you don't really understand exactly what happened she walks down stairs early in the movie and there's like this extremely exaggerated theatrical shadow of like a burglar or standing behind her looking like the fucking Michelin tire man and an attack happens and then we fade out and we're not exactly sure what happened we don't know how far that attack went until she just blurts out that it was a randomly senseless burglary oh well thanks cuz I didn't actually know what happened until you just said that even though it's like 45 minutes into the movie and without giving anything away if you want to see the movie there's another reveal that happens towards the end that makes you think differently about something and that creates a lot of questions many many questions for how the doll was found why was the doll buried when I see a movie like this with a title like this which is hilarious by the way I'm reminded of a few things one thank you Mike Flanagan and Stephen King for calling your book and movie doctor sleep not doctor sleep : The Shining continued but I'm also reminded that even if you made a film that some people liked a studio can still say you know what I'm glad you watch that but we don't care that you liked it because we're just gonna make a movie that pretends like that one didn't happen we know most people actually didn't like it but we'll just pretend like this is a new thing so we can start a franchise right because this movie definitely sets up franchise potential this movie got made because people got paid I am using that again I'm gonna give Brahms the boy to a d-plus this movie needed to prove why it exists beyond just the possibility of raking in some more money and it didn't if this movie was really really fucking good and it's still retcon the first one that would be one thing I could sit here and be like wow they realized that the first one was kind of mediocre and and they just went in a completely different direction and changed it entirely I'm reminded of the Friday the 13th movies they did that a lot with Jason the first few movies kind of figured out what it was you know this movie is just another movie that has the doll in it it's pointless guys thank you so much as always for watching I'm gonna be seeing the call of the wild tomorrow I'll have that review to you very soon as always you're the best and if you like this you can click right here and get stuck mine eyes [Music]