In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
I loved this movie. From the moment I watched the trailer I was hooked, interested from the start. I loved the plot of the young eleven year old genius, and how even though he's smart, ever so slightly awkward, he's still caring to others, loving to his mother and brother and always thinks of the future. Of course, we all knew that the mom was the one executing the plan to save Christina since the trailer, but when I found out he died, I just cried and cried. Henry was extremely strong, both for himself and his family. But the only time I saw him cry, crying out for his mom, was during the last moment of his life. Where he cried to see the sky, when he calls out his mother, as mommy. In his last dying moments, I saw him very much a young boy. It was definitely heart wrenching to see.However, when I found out the plan was to KILL Glenn, I wasn't very thrilled. So I was extremely relieved that they saved Christina from her horrific abusive stepfather without breaking the law, or taking a life. As much as I love this movie, the ending where she confronts Glenn in front of the shed at night, was terribly dumb. He could've killed her instead! Snatched the gun, point it at her, and bam, she would've been gone. It was too easy, that the abusive stepfather decides to kill himself instead of going to the police. He has done everything to cover up his secret already, so how does shutting up a chatty neighbour who always talks about leaves, make a difference? All in all, it was an interesting plot, with very well developed main characters. The side characters didn't really do much in the movie. Even though I hate to see violence in a movie in general, I felt the plot of Christina and her abuse was downplayed too much. She barely had bruises, nor showed much signs of abuse. At most she seemed like a moody and quiet girl in school.Lastly, I have to say that the relationship between both sons and the mom is extremely touching. I loved their interactions, their loving nagging. The parental role switching from Henry to mom, and sometimes even to Peter when Henry was gone, was fun to watch. Although there were minor parts done wrong, there were definitely a lot of major parts done right. Would definitely recommend to people to watch!
Rarely do I watch a movie that makes me laugh, cry (three times), smile, as well as makes my heart race in anticipation over the course of two hours. "The Book of Henry" stuck with me a long time after the credits rolled. The story flows beautifully, the acting is superb, you feel the love, the heartbreak, and the nervousness throughout the film. We need more movies out there like this that make us FEEL. Isn't that why we watch movies? To feel something, be entertained, and escape from our world for a short time. I was totally engrossed from start to finish. The core message is one that stays with you for a long time, good triumphs over evil, and there is hope in the world. I would highly, highly recommend seeing this film. You will not regret it if you give a chance and let yourself take in the feelings!
What a wonderful story!
The whole story is so intense and making houndreds of feelings while watching.
One of the best movies i have ever been looking.
Thanks! And PLS WATCH IT!
I went into The Book Of Henry expecting essentially a kids film, I guess by the title I figured this would be something akin to Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010). I was wrong, I was really really wrong.The Book of Henry is a masterful clever title that isn't for kids and I wouldn't even say is suitable "Family" viewing. It tells the story of a single mum with her two children, she's essentially failing at life and the eldest of her two sons (Still a little boy) is the man of the house. He's a child genius and his mother depends on him to an overwhelming extent. He begins to fear his friend next door is being abused by her father so sets about a powerful intricate plan but things don't go to plan and the whole film goes in a direction I certainly did not forsee.A true tour de force The Book of Henry had me gripped with it's remarkable plot and strong performances, by the half way point I expected this to potentially be another 10 but sadly it fell short.Don't get me wrong The Book of Henry is a good film, it's clever, it's witty, it's unpredictable and it's heartfelt but somewhere along the way it falls short of greatness.It's tone is inconsistent and it would be very hard for me to narrow down a demographic, it's similiar to The Lovely Bones (2009) in it's dark overtones but oddly quaint imagery.Well made and certainly an original piece this perhaps should have been better but regardless is a sweet little film.The Good:UnpredictiblePowerful stuffThe Bad:Fails to truly deliver on its potentialNot sure Watts was the best casting choiceThings I Learnt From This Movie:Not every child actor makes me want to dive into the screen and slap them repeatedly. Most, but not all.Naomi Watts tends to pick movies that are simply too good for her