Having seen The Boy and considering the twist ending, I was very curious to see how the sequel would handle the story.
I honestly felt that this movie overly complicated things and completely contradicted the ending of the previous movie.
I really liked the family elements in this movie, the relationship between Jude and his parents. It made sense that both Jude and his mother were traumatised by the home invasion. It was good to see his parents trying to get him the help he needed, even while acknowledging that he wasn’t the only one affected.
I didn’t find this movie particularly scary. It was pretty predictable, in my opinion. I didn’t really feel ‘in on the joke’, which I suspect was the point of the movie showing the audience Brahms’ movements.
The first movie was cleverly done, but although I liked the family aspects in this one, I felt the supernatural elements ruined the feel of the original. And there was no clear explanation as to why the doll was suddenly supernatural. And the whole thing with Joseph just felt tacked on.
This movie works better as a standalone, but contradicts the first movie too much to work as a sequel.