The Wrath of Becky
review by Bobby Blakey
In 2020 audiences saw Lulu Wilson showcase her violent side in the film Becky that co-starred the usually funny Kevin James in a role like you have never seen him. Seemingly out of nowhere news started coming out that there was a sequel already shotw, The Wrath of Becky, with Lulu Wilson returning as Becky alongside Seann William Scott, Denise Burse, Jill Larson, Courtney Gains, Michael Sirow, Aaron Dalla Villa, Matt Angel, and Kate Siegel. Could this next chapter of the Becky’s vengeance live up to the original fun or is her wrath not worth witnessing?
The Wrath of Becky follows Becky who attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman - a kindred spirit named Elena two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family. But when a group known as the “Noble Men” break into their home, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.
As much as I love the first film I didn’t see it really lending itself to a follow-up, but glad to see the chance to see Lulu Wilson unleashed as Becky once again. Diving into the film it does a time jump and seems to kind of just ditch any survivors from the previous film outside of Becky and the mystery of the key initially. Much like the original film it limps along a bit at the beginning as we are introduced to Becky’s new life, but intertwined with some fun kill moments to break things up in a fun way before getting to the meat of it all.
Of course it is a little convenient that it another attack by another group is happening again, but you just have to buy into it and let the blood, carnage and fun happen. I did enjoy this next outing, but at the same time there are some weird choices this time around that didn’t always work for me. First and foremost is the overall tone. The first movie knew what it was and it was hard,
violent and serious. This one has those elements, but seems to be adding a lighter comedic approach to the story as well as Becky herself that I felt didn’t work all that well at times.
I initially thought it lost some of the fun just because Lulu Wilson has grown so much, but it was that at tall. As a matter of fact she does a great job with what she is working with and still a blast to watch. The film spends a lot of time with the “Noble Men” sidelining Becky for much of the film. Thankfully we have Sean William Scott playing against type in a role similar to Kevin James in the previous film who chews up every scene and fun to watch.
The film doesn’t fully capture the magic of the first film, but once it gets to the killing it is entertaining despite it being more on the cartoony side. The ending lends itself to more time with Becky even though it is pretty dumb in a ridiculously amusing way.
Decide for yourself and check out The Wrath of Becky when it hits theaters on May 26th from Quiver Distribution.