I’m probably not alone when I say that one of the biggest draws for me to go see The Boy was The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan. And though I knew there’d be no zombies shambling through the English castle-like home in this film (well, I could hope), I did know there would be a weird doll replica of an 8-year-old boy that everyone was supposed to treat like a real child. So, what’s not to like?
Cohan plays Greta, an American woman who has taken a job as a nanny in England for an older couple going on vacation and in need of someone to watch their “son.” Poor Greta doesn’t realize the son is actually a creepy looking porcelain replica of the couple’s deceased boy. After stifling some chuckles and experiencing some very awkward moments with the odd couple, she is left with the boy and a set of rules she must follow (very Gremlins-like). Of course, Greta doesn’t follow them, so you can see where this is going.
Cohan’s acting was solid as always, as was that of the supporting cast (which was only a handful of actors). There are more emotional scenes in this movie than I expected. By emotional, I’m not talking about the usual horror movie running-screaming-crying (though there is some of that). I’m talking about Meryl Streep kind of emotion. But I won’t give away too much.
The story’s setup is interesting, but about halfway through there is a bit of a lull in the action and scares. However, as the movie progresses, the scares tighten and the movie is propelled forward into a fun climax. Overall, I enjoyed the film and the unexpected plot twists. And I hope to see Cohan in more horror movies in the future.