review by Bobby Blakey
Kevin James has built a career in comedy with two successful TV shows and numerous films. Now he is taking on a different kind of role with his latest film Becky also starring Lulu Wilson, Amanda Brugel, Robert Maillet and Joel McHale. Could this flick bring the violent fun the trailer promises or will it fail to hit the nail on the head?
Becky follows Spunky and rebellious, Becky who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father Jeff in an effort to try to reconnect. The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick, suddenly invade the lake house.
I thought the red band trailer to this film looked pretty fun so was looking forward to checking it out, but add to the mix a psychotic Kevin James and I was all in. Initially the film struggles a bit to find its footing, but the choice of the opening sequence telling two similar tales while being completely different was awesome. This sets the tone to what’s to come, but struggles to get there as we are getting everything set up.
Once we get things going then it gets pretty crazy fast. I loved the over the top aspect to the kills at times as well as a more realistic approach to how Becky did what she did. Sure there are elements that are ridiculous, but that is part of the fun. Lulu Wilson is no stranger to horror with films like Annabelle: Creation and Quija: Origin of Evil, but this time around she is no scared kid. She is angry, depressed and ready to dish out the pain and does just that.
Kevin James is really good in this type of part. I was afraid his comical persona might be too strong, but his look and imposing stature really works. He is subtle at times while being a really scary guy that you believe is going
to hurt anyone he has too. There is a seriousness that just works with him that I honestly never would have thought would overshadow his other hilarious work, but hope this is just a first because I loved him here.
The film is just a blood soaked fun insane ride that offers the kind of kills that make you cheer and laugh. Despite its struggle to get going this movie offered up everything I wanted and I hope people see it. Check out Becky When it hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 15th from Quiver Films.