Written and Directed by: Jennifer Kent
It started out Amelia was dreaming of a car accident that has killed her husband 6 years ago, but of course you will not know until it gets 20 to 30 minutes of the story, but you will notice at the beginning she is not that loving kind of mother to her 6 year old son, she looks bored and distant which is not normal for a single parent. Samuel her son is seriously making weapons, dangerous weapon as his toy to play with, and loves to play as a magician. I don’t find it as a Horror film, because it doesn’t terrify me at all, No, Babadook did not terrify me, nor scare the shit out of me, despite of his sinister facade, what makes me stay focus on this movie is how the book landed in his son’s shelves, and what it is he wants from them? only to find out that Babadook is the monster she created with her grief by losing her husband from the accident while she is in labor with her son Samuel.
As the movie progress Amelia deteriorates even more, losing her mind because she is having a hard time sleeping because her son seems to be suffering from insomnia because he keeps on seeing Babadook and blaming the dook dook of his violent behavior, while she is losing control of her grief plaguing her mind imagining things and making it look like it is real, we can all blame it to the evil pop up book The Babadook but that Book only represent what’s in her mind, her son always tells her “I want to protect you”, I will protect you”,” I don’t want you to die”, and that Babadook is real it becomes real because she let it in.
The writer has focused more on the details of the story, she find it impossible to love her son because she blames him with her husband’s death, she wanted her back, she even imagined her husband being alive in the basement only to ask her to give him the boy in exchange to her happiness to come back to life, and that gave the twist of the story, she may feel distant to her son but she is not out of her mind at all to do it, not just yet. whats more engaging about this movie is, it is more of smart psychological thriller making you ask more questions about the ability of ones mind to cope with the depression one person is experiencing in his/her life, and how to overcome the grief and loss.