People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what, but who? When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control.
The catch-phrase ‘Don’t think it. Don’t say it’ got us from the get-go. A lover of anything suspense and thriller, my boyfriend and I just got to see this movie. It started with a retro-sounding music which I felt didn’t match the genre of the film. However, I understood the relevance of the music when the first scene opened up to reveal a home during 60’s and then a car stopped in the driveway. As early as the opening, you’d be gripped with the brutal killings from a seemingly crazy person asking each victim if they mentioned ‘The Name’ to other people.
It took me a while to understand how the prologue relate to the current story but it was eventually told as the movie progress. The story telling was done in a pace that’s easily understood by the viewers.
The thrill wasn’t forced. Even the viewers can’t be sure if what they’re seeing is real, much so like the characters.
I also liked the fact that the movie showed a good relationship between Elliot and his brother Virgil. I’ve seen a few movies that depict hatred for the parents, siblings, lover, so this one’s refreshing to see. I particularly liked Alice, Elliot’s niece and Virgil’s daughter.
One thing that wasn’t built in the story was the Bye Bye Man’s background and how he came to be. It’s one thing I was looking forward to. Aside from that, I liked the movie so I was surprised to see that most of the reviews they received were negative. I was more surprised to see that the blockbuster amount is way more than the budget despite the negative reviews.
Rotten Tomatoes has a rating of 23% based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 3.6/10. Metacritic rated the film 37 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”. Common comments were about the poor character development, horrible editing and script. I’m not a professional critic but I liked the movie and I didn’t see anything negative about the acting and cinematography.
Up until the end of the film, the director gives you suspense when Alice found the drawer with the writings on them. It’s also an open-ended movie which suggests a possible continuation or it’s just that he simply leaves the next story to the viewers’ imagination.
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