The Babadook ★★½

Me during the first half of the movie: “Oh my God, this kid is so fucking annoying.”

Me during the second half of the movie: “What the hell is going on?”

I think that pretty much sums up the experience.

Even with an incredible(and somewhat underrated, I would say) lead performance from Essie Davis, The Babadook just managed to be slightly engaging for me. Towards the end it seemed for a moment to take a realistic turn, but then just proceeds to indulge in an abundance of vague, confusing scenes aimed to scare it’s viewer, sadly just managing to be more creepy than horrifying.

There’s a theory stating that the story is not meant to be a horror film but rather a symbolic take on a single mother who gets addicted to drugs after the demise of her husband. And although the movie has more than enough evidence to support this claim and although this interpretation does elevate the plot to a higher level, the climax scenes just seemed too unclear and disorienting for my taste. So, just 2.5 stars for now.

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