Becky (2020) Movie Review
Written By: JASR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Producers: Raphael Margules, JD Livshitz, Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, Russ Posternak
Writers: Nick Morris, Lane Skye, Ruckus Skye
Date Released: June 5, 2020 (USA)
Lulu Wilson as Becky Hooper
Joel McHale as Jeff Hooper
Amanda Brugel as Kayla
Isaiah Rockcliffe as Ty
Kevin James as Dominick
Robert Maillet as Apex
Ryan McDonald as Cole
James McDougall as Hammond
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Hoping to reconnect with his daughter Becky (Lulu Wilson), Jeff (Joel McHale) brings her to their lakefront home. When they arrive, Becky becomes upset upon learning that her father invited his girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel), along with Kayla’s son, Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe). She becomes more upset when she finds out that her father and Kayla are getting married – especially since she is still grieving her mother’s death. Becky stays at her fort in the woods when a group of escaped inmates, headed by Dominick (Kevin James), invades their home. Looking for a particular key, Dominick and his group hold Jeff, Kayla, and Ty hostage. Becky must find a way to save them and herself while the merciless criminals do what they can to get what they want.
Many people would probably describe this movie as a gory and violent version of Home Alone (1990). Aside from the gore we would expect from gunshots and stabs, get ready for the sight of a dangling eyeball, a flattened head, and many others that will surely make you flinch.
The Grave Review
One thing that viewers will immediately notice about this movie is Kevin James’s involvement in a thriller film. Better known as a comedy actor, James did an amazing job portraying Dominick – especially since his character is the most evil and violent among the group. If this is the viewer’s first time seeing Kevin James in a production, he wouldn’t think that he has been part of a great number of comedy productions. That’s how well he performed as an antagonist in this movie.
Speaking of good performances, Lulu Wilson also deserves a lot of praise. I’ve seen her perform in many other horror productions, and I would say this is one of her best performances yet. The way she portrayed Becky was so believable – not only in the character’s actions and strategies but in her emotions as well. More than this, despite not having as much exposure as Wilson, Joel McHale also gave us a notable performance.
Another thing I liked about this movie is how it’s not entirely focused on action and suspense. There are also factors such as Becky’s feelings and emotions about her mother’s death. That added element in her character affects how she acts and reacts towards others.
Others may think that Becky’s actions are not realistic because a 13-year-old girl can’t possibly be that violent, but I think her actions are pretty justified. She experienced grief at a young age, and she has a tough and presumably troubled character to begin with. Furthermore, with all the violence and intensity she witnesses in one day, it makes sense how she easily develops resentment. Critics may also think that a young teenager can’t be that smart, but isn’t it possible to have smart teenagers? Besides, Becky makes a few mistakes along the way – proving that not all her plans are perfect.
I guess one big thing I’m wondering about is what exactly the key is for. Dominick gives a quick explanation, but it’s not exactly clear. Nonetheless, some things are better left as mysteries – we don’t need to know about that to enjoy the movie. After all, we’re after the suspense.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Becky (2020) three and a half graves out of five graves.
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