(This review may contain spoilers).
Children are often used to be creepy in horror films. When my six-year-old niece sings, it’s adorable and sweet… when children sing in horror movies, it makes my skin crawl.
This was another film I watched at the cinema, but never bought on DVD. But it was showing on television after The Woman in Black, so I decided to watch it.
I imagine adoption must be really hard to deal with, especially for the child. When Kate and John (the parents) first take Esther home, it seems pretty good for a while – and then things gradually started going wrong. In a way, I think this film could have easily gone another way than it actually did, if certain scenes were changed around. But it did work pretty well the way it was done.
This film did do quite a good job with the soundtrack. Max, who’s the deaf daughter of Kate and John, had a couple of scenes where the sound was taken out completely. I felt that did a really good job of showing the sort of world she was living in – and how scary certain things would be for her.
I felt that the characters came across as real people, with faults and weaknesses as well as particular strengths. They were fairly easy to connect to and I did feel sympathy towards certain of the characters.
The actors themselves did a particularly good job as well. I see the actor who plays John (Peter Sarsgaard) play the villain a lot in films, so it was good to see him play a different type of character. I especially think that the actress who played Esther did a really good job.
Although I felt there were some errors in the film, it was still an entertaining movie to watch. If you’re looking for something that’s more psychological, this would definitely be a good choice.