The Babadook ★★★★

Almost every bad or mediocre review (with some notable exceptions!) I've read about this seems to stem from disappointment that it wasn't a straight jump-scare monster-under-the-bed film. Here comes a film that everyone was excited about because they'd been told it was a cut-above the Hollywood fare they'd been putting up with and couldn't help but judge it by those standards.

The Babadook is a brilliant psychological drama. It's a humbling meditation on the nature of grief. It's one of the bravest explorations of the mixed-up emotions of motherhood. Watching it and dismissing it because it didn't scare seems like an unusual approach to a film that is much more than that.

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