The Boy (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Craig William Macneill
Starring: David Morse, Jared Breeze, Rainn Wilson
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
In the summer of 1989, nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze, Cooties) and his father John (David Morse, True Detective, World War Z) are the proprietors of the Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency: leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson, Cooties, The Office), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship: setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis.
The Boy is a bit of a character drive movie with very slow-burning tendencies. We are at a very low rent looking hotel, we see that our boy in question and his dad run the place. Now, they don’t get many customers from the looks of it and it also doesn’t help that when someone does pop-up the kid seems to go out of his way to bug them, with very mixed results. Is he doing it because he’s lonely or because of something else? The kid seemingly being unstable is one of things that keep you watching this one. It is already there at the start, but it gets more clear as it moves along. Toss in another interesting character played by Rainn Wilson and people who come and go from the place in more ways than one and you have yourself a movie that isn’t perfect, but it remains just interesting enough to make you want to finish it and that is a good thing. One might question if the pay-off is worth the wait, but that is up to you and I admit your answer to that once seeing this could be what makes or breaks this at the end of the day.
We do also get good performances from the father/son combo in the movie, played by David Morse and Jared Breeze. They help carry this thing along with Wilson and you can’t deny how much they bring to the table when the movie is getting by on limited things anyway. The mood is another good thing here, as there is a black cloud you can feel hanging over things from nearly the first scene of the movie. Now I can’t tell you if this is a movie I’ll be going back to a lot, but I did enjoy this for a first time watch and will happily say you should check it out. It is spooky and solid if nothing else, but that alone can tend to go a long way with movies like this. It can make you think a bit and it can also shock you here and there as well. All of which makes for a winning combination with, The Boy. These new films can be a bit hit and miss from Scream Factory, but I’d call this one a movie with more positives than negatives easily.
– Behind the Scenes Feature
Quality of Transfer: 90%