Our lead character is Greta (played by Lauren Cohen, best known the hit TV series The Walking Dead), a Nanny who takes on a new client and moves town.
The film opens up with Greta arriving at a beautiful, old (and massive) Mansion and is greeted by an elderly couple named Jim and Diana. Jim and Diana are the parents of their only son “Brahms”. After the brief introduction, Greta is eventually introduced to Brahms but there’s just one odd problem…
Brahms, who requires a Nanny, is not alive but is a life-sized doll! The parents of this so-called ‘child’ treats it as if the doll was their real live son, completing daily tasks with the doll, and of course, our nanny is instructed to do the same each day.
Parents Jim and Diana decide to finally take long-needed time out and leave their “son” in Greta’s capable hands. Greta at first thinks this must be some type of joke but takes the job as it provides a decent pay and takes her away from her current problems from her own home life. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is alive.
The biggest thumbs up from me is simply that this film’s story is clever and different. The film also creates a creepy world through the use of a large house with a small cast line up. “The Boy” is hard to write about as I do not wish to spoil the twist and turns the film provides.
While this is a great story, the pacing within the film can drag on a little. While I did enjoy the film’s twist, not all events in the movie lined up with the ending and become implausible once all the twist are revealed- some say this is too picky, but this is what I do.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden