THE BOOK OF HENRY (2017) SCORE: B
RATED: PG-13 LENGTH: 104 minutes
“THE WONDERFUL SLEEPER MOVIE OF JUNE”
The critics and audience who are going to hate THE BOOK OF HENRY directed by Colin Trevorrow, (and there will be many) are going to be nervous if not fearful of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (2019). IX is also directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Why would critics and moviegoers possibly hate THE BOOK OF HENRY?
According to John DeFore in his The Hollywood Reporter review, “It is outrageous, dishonest, a near-catastrophe and preposterous.”
This sounds like the one movie to cross-off your list. Yes — again quoting Mr. DeFore: “It begins as a kid-genius family picture”, and ends with “some child-molestation action pitting a defenseless girl against her stepfather, the commissioner of police.”
For those of you who have trusted my News3LV.com reviews over the past few years, you might not cross-off THE BOOK OF HENRY so fast. Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman and Dean Norris each give excellent performances. The technical work is quite solid. And, the musical score by Academy Award winning prolific composer Michael Giacchino is outstanding.
While I would only bring children who are in middle school or high school, I would recommend families go together and see this movie. Then follow it up by going out for ice cream and have a serious discussion. There are so many possible themes for parents to discuss. The people sitting around me all agreed that it was a very good film.
THE BOOK OF HENRY is an allegory. It is well deserving of a B rating.