The Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) Halloween Advent

Rating PG
Length 1h34
Release 15.10.2020
Director Rachel Talalay
About Recruited by a secret society of babysitters, a high schooler battles the Boogeyman and his monsters when they nab the boy she’s watching on Halloween.
Moon: no moon sighting
Where to Watch: Netflix
Trailer:

Trick

  • It is clear from how the film is set up, that this is meant to be the first in a series. There’s always a way in which these films are created that makes them feel more like they’re trying to set up the universe than be in the story they’re telling.
    If the creative team are not invested and engaged in the current story, how do they hope the viewer will be?
  • The tired old trope of parents asking their child to babysit at a minutes notice. Halloween is for kids, you let them have their fun. While it always leads to a good story (Hocus Pocus, case in point), I just wish they could come up with something new.
  • Give me more Tom Felton. He was a joy to watch, and while I’d love to see him play the hero at some point, he’s just so good as the bad guy.

Treat

  • It has that Percy Jackson watchability. I am not its target audience, but I don’t feel forgotten.
  • The cast is solid. So much so I am gutted at least a second film hasn’t been commissioned. They will most certainly have aged out by now.
  • The plot is simplistic, but effective. Adults may see the next plot points coming a mile off, but its a little bit of a comfort too.

Final Thoughts

Its the perfect film for a midweek watch when you don’t want anything too taxing.

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