The Babadook, The November Man

The Babadook

The Babadook was supposed to change my life. It was supposed to be the greatest horror movie of the decade. It’s a low-budget Australian film from 2014, directed by nobody and starring a bunch of nobodies. Hey, that’s OK. Every director and actor was a nobody at some point. But you know what’s not OK? Making a shitty movie.

The Babadook (pronounced bah-bah-duck — a duck, how terrifying) is an amorphous black blob with a top hat that terrorizes a single mother. She has a really bratty, super-annoying kid that drives her crazy. All he does is talk about the Babadook from morning to night. That would drive me crazy, too.

Eventually, she starts to think the Babadook is real. She goes nuts and tries to kill her son. It’s supposed to be metaphorical, with the Babadook being a stand-in for a person doing something insane after they break under pressure. Oh, wait, it’s not? The Babadook was real? Oh, well, nevermind, this movie is completely stupid, then.

For a horror film, there are absolutely no scares at all. The movie chugs along at a languid pace, the characters all suck, and you’d rather have them die than survive. It’s a weak movie, and I wouldn’t bother with it if I were you.

Verdict: Shitty

The November Man

Pierce Brosnan’s return to espionage films was a rather lackluster affair. He plays a gritty spy this time, a clear retaliation against the sheer lunacy of his final Bond films. And I certainly didn’t mind watching Brosnan shoot guys in the chest in what turns out to be a surprisingly bloody film. Unfortunately, The November Man is woefully generic. It offers up nothing new for the genre, instead relying on age-old spy clichés, a boring soundtrack, a ton of boring character actors, and a plot that can barely move itself ahead. Brosnan scowls his way through the film, barely keeping it afloat.

Verdict: Shitty


10 Responses to “The Babadook, The November Man”

  1. March 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Good post Brik. I checked out Babadook when there was a lot of hype behind it. It didn’t do much for me but others sure liked it lot. I liked the mom actress.

  2. March 8, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Sucks you didn’t like The Babaducky, I thought it was a ripper low-budget film. The less said about Brosnan’s November Man, the better tho.

  3. 6 Paragraph Film Reviews
    March 9, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Couldn’t believe they didn’t explain what the fuck a ‘November man’ was until the very end, and it sounded like it had gone through about 7 google translate steps. November isn’t a plague, or apocalypse. BULLSHIT!!!

    Also, not seen babadook, but for some reason it just reminds me of Papa Lazarou – which sounds like he might be scarier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qln5o6LlG84

    • March 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Oh man, November Man was so terrible. I read that they were going to make a sequel, too. Who the hell would watch that?

      • 8 Paragraph Film Reviews
        March 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

        I probably would, but only because I love Broz! Got Survivor queued up next on Netflix – not expecting much. Really want more films like Matador and Mama Mia!

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