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If you search for movies with similar rating on www.imdb.com a movie like Johnny English also has 5.6 / 10 & that is a pretty lame movie, where as this should have something like 7 or 7.5 outta 10. Most of the reviews are all good here, I bet most of the people that have voted here just gave it a bad rating because they either hate Macaulay Culkin or Elijah Wood, their both fine actors. I remember the first time i watched this movie was back in 1995 or something like that when i was about 12 or 13, that was the first time i saw Elijah Wood in a movie & i said to myself that this guys gonna be famous when he grows up. Macaulay Culkin's brilliant psychotic acting in this movie was totally brilliant. Both of these 2 young actors made this movie work, the bridge scene is totally awesome. My mum doesn't really like the ending of the movie, & im sure a lot of other mums won't as well. A great Drama / Thriller, better than most thriller movies of the decade i give this a 9.5 / 10.
I saw THE GOOD SON on television a while ago and since then I have rented several times. It seems each time it gets more and more thrilling. It's the first movie I've seen where I was actually scared of the bad character, Henry [Macaulay Culkin] and the first movie I've seen where I find myself routing for the good character, Mark [Elijah Wood]. See, normally I don't get too involved in the movies I'm watching, but with THE GOOD SON, it's impossible not to! This is one of Macaulay Culkin's best movies [and one of his last movies].
This film kept my eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end. Macaulay Culkin,(Henry Evans),"Party Monsters",'03, gave one of his best performances and really showed his great talents which made you hate him through out the entire picture. Henry had to share his home with a young boy who had recently lost his mother and was in deep depression, he was the son of David Morse,(Jack),"Hack",TV Series, 02, who had to leave him with his brothers family. All hell breaks loose after the two young boys get to know each other. If you viewed the film the "Bad Seed", you will have some idea what the story is about. It is a real nail biting film and makes you crazy trying to figure out just how the story will END! If you love Macaulay Culkin, this is his best FILM !
In many ways this is just a standard thriller. How I loathe the word
"thriller". It suggests roller-coasters; and the genre it denotes, at its
best, deals in quiet tension. Where was I? Yes: standard thriller. A is
really an evil person, intent on performing great harm in the future; B
knows this but can't convince anyone else. I heard that sigh. But make A
and B children, on the verge of adolescence, and not only is this tired
formula invigorated, but it makes a great deal more sense. (Especially if
is in the slightly awkward position of a cousin on an extended visit.)
creaky old scenes where B goes to the police and either he is strangely
incoherent or the police are strangely obtuse, are gone. There is now a
perfectly good reason why B can't go to the police, or indeed anyone. Nor
is there anything strange about the obtuseness of A's parents. The rotten
adult seems so commonplace that we scarcely bat an eyelid; the rotten
who is in fact far more commonplace, we like to pretend doesn't
So I'm glad Hollywood took this step. I also, for the most part, like the way the step has been taken. B has no accomplices - he must battle A alone - and his plight is keenly felt. There's an air of plausibility about it all. Elijah Wood is an unusually good boy, Macaulay Culkin is an unusually bad boy; both look perfectly real. (Wood, who has the harder task, does especially well.)
The climax - or what is meant to be the climax - is HIGHLY contrived. It will probably come as a shock that the writers chose something at once so obvious and so ludicrous. The mood of the audience I saw this with - it may just have been my mood - was one of grudging acceptance, granted only because we had been treated so well in the events leading up to it.
This is one of my favorite movies. Macaulay Culkin was excellent in this.
The Good Son is about Mark(Elijah Wood), a young boy suffering in the
loss of his mother, going to visit his aunt, uncle, and two cousins in
while his dad takes a business trip to Tokyo. Cousin Henry Evans(Macaulay
Culkin) is Mark's age and they soon become good friends and have loads of
fun each day, but soon Mark starts to see another side of Henry when they
start putting some of Henry's ideas into action, including throwing a
called Mr.Highway over an overpass that causes a huge multi car wreck and
big smile on Henry's face, and shooting a dog with a homemade gun. Mark
starts to think Henry deliberatly tried to kill his liitle brother years
ago, and is plotting to kill the rest of the family. This movie is a bit
disturbing, but good all the same.
Rated R for Violence and Language.
I think part of the reason why 'The Good Son' is barely remembered is
because it deals with a side to humanity that no-one really wants to
accept in that not all children are sweet little innocents, pure as the
driven snow. It's not very comfortable watching a film that shows
sociopaths-- people born without the ability to feel guilt and
empathise with others-- are born, not made and their dangerous traits
are apparent even in childhood. 'The Good Son' revolves around Mark, a
motherless boy of twelve who is sent to stay with his Uncle Wallace,
Aunt Susan and two cousins, twelve-year-old Henry and six-year-old
Connie. At first, Mark revels in the visit that takes his mind off his
recent bereavement but he soon starts to realise that Henry is a
sociopath whose parents are blind to his dark, violent side. It is a
film that pulls no punches in just how malevolent Henry is and how
easily he will pick off anyone who dares to interfere with his twisted
sense of fun.
Macaulay Culkin was excellent as the angelic-looking Henry whose boyish cuteness hide his true nature and his performance here proves he could have been one of the few child actors who graduated into a successful young adult actor had his personal life not been such a mess. It really was chilling seeing the child I was so used to seeing in comedies being so emotionally cold. But it is Elijah Wood's Mark who gives the film heart. Young Wood, only eleven years old when he filmed this, delivered a great performance as a young boy faced with the awful truth and desperate to stop Henry while juggling his grief over losing his mother. The scene where Mark is convinced Henry has poisoned the food is a perfect example of how Wood portrayed Mark's desperation, hysteria and helplessness in the face of his cousin's evil.
However, one of the flaws of the film is that is a bit choppy, jumping from scene-to-scene without giving you a feel for the other characters, which is a shame because this is one film where you do need to have an understanding of just how Henry's nature affects all those around him and how he gets away with it all. I read the novelisation of the film by Todd Strasser before seeing the film so it's all the more noticeable for me. The book not only gives greater insight into Mark's budding fraternal friendship with Connie and his need to seek a mother in Susan but it also shows Susan's growing awareness to the monster Henry is and how she feels when she is made to choose between Mark and her murderous child.
Overall, this film is enjoyable enough for a psychological thriller (although a few TV detective shows have done this idea in a slicker way) and it is nice to see a film that doesn't take a softly-softly attitude when dealing with the matter of children who kill. However, the ending was a bit of a cop-out as there could have been so many other avenues to explore had things ended differently for Henry (what should be done with sociopathic children? How do decent, loving families deal with such a child?). Those who do expect a bit more from their films will probably be disappointed.
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This film was okay, not particularly wonderful but not awful either, it's the type of film you catch by accident on a Sunday afternoon, it's briefly entertaining but then you turn off the tv and forget about it. I'll just give you a quick review of what I thought were the best and worst aspects of this movie. Bad aspects; the storyline was lame and poorly portrayed as the script was lacking and the pacing off. Macauly Culkin said everything in the same monotonous tone, to watch it you'd think he was just passing by the set and had reluctantly agreed to stand in for the real actor and read the lines off a board. The woman who played the mother was just plain irritating to the point where you wished the evil son would just get it over with already! The ending was lousy and a let-down for the partially promising tension the young actors (Culkin and Wood) had previously established. **SPOILER** no mother would ever do that! **SPOILER FINISHED** You're maybe wondering why I watched this movie then, well one simple factor; Elijah Wood. I borrowed the tape off a friend because I had heard he was on it and being a long-time fan of his I was eager to see it. I was not disappinted, he played the part with such rare innocence and sweetness you had to go 'awwww' as soon as he appeared your eyes were drawn immediately to him and he carried the film remarkably well. Having seen this film I am more convinced than ever that Elijah is going to be the actor of his generation and I am sure that his work in the masterpiece LOTR will soon go rewarded with an Oscar in either 2003 or 2004. He takes a film which could have been a total loss and turned it into something oddly unique and touching. Apologies for gushing but I cannot resist, even at the age of 12, Elijah had the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen, I wish him the very best because any actor that could take this film and turn it into something I would be happy to watch again deserves all the credit and praise going. I can't tell you whether to see this film or not, if you are an Elijah fan it's unmissable but if not I am unsure whether this film will draw you in enough and hold your interest long enough. Conclusion; film 4-5 out of 10 Elijah Wood-10 out of 10 Good luck Elijah!!
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To be honest, I did not know what to think when I saw this film. Overall,
its not my favourite film, its still watchable.
Mark (Elijah Wood) has just lost his mum to cancer and is sent off to his cousin Henry (Macaulay Culkin) to help. However, Mark learns that Henry is twisted and evil, whilst his mum and dad reckon he's a good boy.
Although Henry is twisted and evil, Culkin shows another side to him which shows that he wants attention. After killing his younger brother Richard and attempting to kill his sister, I can only lead to one conclusion: that Henry was once the oldest and had all the attention and became jealous when his brother and sister were born. And then Mark comes along and Henry feels threatened with his mother comforting another boy. A very different role from the "Home Alone" series and surprisingly brilliantly done!
Elijah Wood is brilliant as Mark who feels guilty for not being able to save his mother from cancer. At the same time as grieving, he has to protect Henry's sister from Henry and also try and convince Henry's parents that Henry is not as good as they like to think.
What I did not like about the film is the ending: to have a mother given a choice on which child should fall........ its a bit sick.
Also, the film was too short. It would have been interesting to actually see how Richard died and also see what made Henry become evil. That part can only be theorised- it should have been put on screen!
An interesting idea: parents having to deal with a psychopathic child.
Believe it or not, such a situation is not uncommon. And Culkin does an
excellent job. His coolness, his sudden changes of approach without any
apparent shifting of gears, his complete lack of emotional reaction - which
have been interpreted by some reviewers as poor acting - are actually very
realistic. Personally, I find his calm and apparently effortless demeanour
more frightening than the ravings of the lunatics in many other horror
Unfortunately, the plot lacks all credibility. Certainly psychopaths are excellent con-men (in fact, they are the most typical con-men) but it is absurd to believe that a child like this could have covered his tracks so well that his parents do not even suspect that there is something wrong with him. Even more ridiculous is that his behaviour towards his little sister - whom he hates enough to try to kill her - has been so good in the past that she trusts him completely. The cliches of the over-dramatic ending are also a bit much. A pity, because there is much of value in the film.
This movie was a pretty freaky movie. I mean, I doubt anyone was in that type of situation. But let me tell you, this was the best acting I've seen from a kid besides Haley Joel Osment in the Sixth Sense. It was really scary. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I think it is a classic horror film.
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