Becky (2020)

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A teenager’s weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.

Honestly, I liked this movie.. maybe more than I should have….

Scrolling, looking for something to watch, Becky pops up.  I was instantly caught off guard by Kevin James’ appearance in the trailer, and the fact that he was seemingly shrugging off his loveable buffoon typecasting to play the big bad.  Ok, I gotta check this out.

It’s a low budget affair that really takes the premise of Home Alone and turns it on its ear.  Rest assured, Becky takes a much darker route.  While the Home Alone character of Kevin McCallister has a penchant for violence when pushed, Becky is outright psychotic.  It is a violent, and often gory movie.

Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion of the incredibly underrated 2014 feature, Cooties and written by relative unknowns, Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye – Becky ticks a lot of boxes for me.

I can’t go in to too much detail, for risk of spoiling too much, but these film makers clearly aren’t afraid to throw a shock or two at the viewer, and they certainly don’t shy away from gruesome scenes – scenes that are made all the more gruesome when you consider that the acts are carried out by a thirteen year old girl.

At only fifteen years old, Lulu Wilson has begun to make a decent career for herself, and while I don’t think that Becky will really grab a great deal of attention for her, her performance is great.  The real surprise though, is Kevin James.  He does creepy and violent really well, and I would love to see more of this kind of role from him.  The King of Queens he is not..

Becky is not for the family, nor the faint of heart, but it is a surprisingly good watch.

7/10

Rick Trewin.

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