Movie Review #4: The Book of Henry

When someone hurts someone else we have to make it better. There’s only one way to stop it. I’d hope to do it all myself, but that’s not an option.”

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have any sort of expectations for The Book of Henry. I enjoyed the trailer, liked the actors and was intrigued to see what Director, Colin Trevorrow, was doing since he is in charge of directing Star Wars: Epsiode IX. None the less though I went to the theaters in hopes of seeing a refreshingly creative and original movie. Well after seeing The Book of Henry, it’s safe to say that they may want to find a new director for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Folks, please do not watch the trailer for the movie. It is another classic example of bad marketing of a movie.  Remember when Observe and Report was marketed as a silly and goofy R-rated version of Paul Blart and turned out to be incredibly dark and disturbing. Or when Drive was marketed as a Fast and Furious rip-off and turned out to be an incredible art film that had depth and substance. Anyway, you get the point. The Book of Henry was marketed as a lighthearted family movie about a kid with genius smarts who thinks something fishy is going on next door and decides to do something about it!




I really, really do not want to spoil anything, but this movie is hardly about a genius kid and his attempt to be a detective. One of my favorite movies is The Place Beyond The Pines, and many people believe that had a misleading trailer. There is a significant difference though between a trailer that gives little away about the plot and characters, but stays true to the Director’s vision and story vs. a trailer that makes you think a movie will be centered on one thing or contained a certain mood/tone and then completely flips that on its head.

On top of all of this though, it’s one thing to mislead an audience like Drive did, and the movie turns out to actually be good. The Book of Henry is not good. In fact I laughed at the ending and let’s say it’s not supposed to be funny. I laughed audibly out loud in a theater and I never do something disrespectful like that. It just was that AWKWARD of a scene. I’m sorry everyone. I usually try to find the good out of every movie, no matter how bad, so let me do that.

Jacob Tremblay (Peter Carpenter in the movie), who many people will recognize as the adorable kid from 2015’s award winning, Room, is once again adorable in this movie. And uh……there is good….uhhh…well there is this one good scene that……uh…..

THIS MOVIE IS SO BAD. This isn’t the worst movie I have ever seen, but everything about it is just bad. The story is lackluster, the characters and acting are uninspiring, the script is uneventful, and once again, the story is just ridiculous. I mean I’m not trying to be dramatic in the slightest. The movie is flat-out ridiculous in every sense, and truly disturbing if you think about it.

This movie had descent potential too with some great actors like Naomi Watts, Dean Norris, Jaeden Lieberher, and Tremblay. Director, Trevorrow, has proved in the past that he can make a creative story like Safety Not Guaranteed, or at least a good looking and entertaining movie like Jurassic World. At the end of the day, it truly frustrates me with how bad this movie was and how misleading everything was. I applaud Trevorrow for trying to do something original, but at the end of the day it wasn’t original and seemed far and beyond unrealistic. It was a movie that had no idea what type of movie it wanted to be. Excuse while I go pray for Star Wars: Epsiode IX.



Acting: 6/15

Story: 5/20

Cinematography: 9/15

Soundtrack/Score: 7/10

Direction: 5/20

Movie Experience: 7/20

Overall Rating: 39/100


Honest Movie Experience: The Book of Henry. More like The Book of Shitty.

The Book of Henry. More like The Book of Hit Me.

The Book of Henry. More like The Book of Misleading Trailers.



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