Review: The Book of Henry Print E-mail
Friday, 16 June 2017 03:42



Rating:  ZZ

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  An average mom reluctantly embraces the help of her genius 11-year-old son to take down their neighbor whom they suspect of abusing his step-daughter.

The Good:  This film did a great job of building suspense, especially when it really mattered.  It was a great mix of drama and thriller; it had a little bit of something for everyone.  Naomi Watts (King Kong, St. Vincent) plays Susan, a single mother who is a bit lax when it comes to parenting, but is upstanding with her raising of her two sons.  Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent, Midnight Special) is great as Henry, the brainiac older son of Susan.  Lastly, I cannot say enough good things about Jacob Tremblay (Room) who plays Peter, Susan’s youngest son.  These characters and actors together work well in evoking emotions in the audience.
The Bad:  There were a few scenes that lagged in this film.  I don’t think that everything that made it on screen was really necessary to the plot advancement and could have been eliminated.  A large portion of the movie was also dedicated to developing something that, in the end, didn’t pay out at all.  I felt a little bit ripped off once I saw that everything that was building toward such a big moment didn’t follow through.
The Ugly:  The Book of Henry is the type of film where you just sit there and let it take you for a ride.  Although it was a little off balance at times in terms of the ratio of drama to suspense, it was still a good film.  It will appeal to people who like suspense/thrillers the most.  If you don’t feel like watching it in the theater, it’s definitely worth a watch at home.


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping



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