Becky [Review]

When I found out that there was an ultra-violent Home Alone starring Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Haunting of Hill House) who beats up neo-nazis, one played by Kevin James. I immediately asked where do I sign up to watch this?

Becky was directed by Cary Murnion and Jon Milott. I remember when their first film Cooties was released and reviewing it way back when. It was a huge film and made waves when it came out. As it should have, but Becky deserves the same noise, if not more.

The opening of the film is exquisite. Between the match cuts and visual cues, we are thrown into the premise of the film and get right into it as fast as we can. Which is good because the plot doesn’t need to be overly complicated. Prior to the film, Becky (Wilson) loses her mother to cancer. And sometime between then, her father Jeff (Joel McHale) has started seeing Kayla (Amanda Brugel).

During one weekend, Jeff takes Becky to their lake house that holds significant importance to her and their family. It’s revealed to her that her father plans on marrying Kayla. In a moment of anger, she runs off into the woods after dinner, and that’s when Dominick and his crew show up. They come looking for a key.

This was talked and discussed on Twitter and accurately becomes a fault in the film. There’s no explanation found in the film about what the key is needed for, but only that Dominick spent all his time in prison about this moment. But if we’re being honest, the key is the simplest form of a MacGuffin, an object or event that allows or pushes the events of any story to transpire. And that’s a misstep for the script or final product. Whether it was in the script and cut, or not, but it was missed out. That doesn’t take away entirely from the enjoyment of the film though.

There’s a scene involving an eye, and I’m aware that some reviews have brought it up, and it deserves to be hinted at in the review. But the violence and gore came to play for this film. They don’t often shy away from any violent moments. It is brutal and fun.

And so is Kevin James. The whole cast does a great job in their roles, but it’s the change of playing a neo-nazi that is going to bring a lot of attention to Kevin James in the future. He brings this control over the screen like I haven’t seen from him before. Lulu Wilson also once again proves why she is becoming so synomous with genre work, because she dives in every role and gives it her all.

Between the performances, the great editing and direction and all the gore, Becky makes for a great and fun time at the theatres. Which, would have been ideal to have seen this on a big screen with a big crowd. But until that could be possible, from the comfort of your homes isn’t a bad way to see it either.

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