A heck of a good film from Netflix!
by Martin Hafer
Adam Scott (of Parks and Recreation fame) plays Gary, a guy who’s just become a step-dad. Gary’s excited about this and wants to be the best dad for young Lucas. The problem is that the kid might just be the Antichrist…and Gary starts to wonder if this might just be a deal breaker! That, and the fact that Lucas buried him alive in the yard at the beginning of the story!
But, oddly enough, there’s much more to this strange story than this and it ultimately becomes a battle between good, evil and not quite so evil.
This film debuted this week and is a Netflix original. In many ways, it’s like a combination of The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Problem Child and Ghostbusters II all combined into one strange concoction…with an emphasis on comedy. While the plot itself if just fine, what stood out in my mind was the bizarre way everyone reacted as well as the indescribably strange dialog.
These combine to make the film very watchable…but also, at times, a film for older viewers. Of course, given that the film is about the coming of the Antichrist, it’s not surprising that I say it’s not exactly a family-friendly movie! But, it is funny and I liked it enough to feel encouraged, as just about every Netflix original I have watched has been excellent or better!
By the way, there is a tiny joke in the film where they talk about what it is to be a good American…including loving the music of Rush. Rush, if you didn’t know it is a Canadian band!
And, also, interestingly enough, the leader of the death cult in this film, Clancy Brown, also is the voice of Mr. Krabs on Spongebob! Oh, and did I mention that Sally Field makes an appearance as a social worker…from Hell?! How did they get this Oscar-winner in this picture?!
Martin's Grade: B+