Comedian Kevin James as a murderous neo-Nazi is only the beginning of the dark madness that is “Becky”, the latest video-on-demand film to arrive during lockdown.
We’re still a month away from movie theaters being open again with new Hollywood movies to show. New movies are instead going straight to on-demand services, including “Becky”, a dark, gory movie that’s just crazy enough to be fun to watch — if you can stomach it.
A violent marriage between “Saw” and “Home Alone”, “Becky” feels like it should be a comedy, but instead it takes its grotesque horror very seriously. That’s probably why it works as well as it does.
Becky is an angry 13-year-old girl whose mom died of cancer and whose father has decided to get remarried, so Becky has a lot to be bitter about in her adolescence. When this new makeshift family goes out to their lake house for a weekend, they are invaded by a group of escaped neo-Nazi prisoners who are searching the home for an item once left behind. Soon it falls to Becky to hunt them down one by one and kill them in cold blood to save her family.
This movie is not shy about getting gory. This isn’t a farce where the bumbling bad guys step on thumb tacks and get knocked out by Becky’s clever traps. This is a movie where the little girl tapes her colored pencils together and repeatedly stabs a guy in the neck until he’s down. What this movie does with an eyeball is something you may never be able to scrub from your brain.
So don’t watch “Becky” expecting any sort of comedy. It’s not. This film takes the comedic premise and makes it as serious as possible. To that extent, this also makes the film worth watching. We don’t need another “Home Alone” reboot. We’ve never seen anything like “Becky” before. If you’ve got a stomach for gore in movies, “Becky” does well by its psychotic child premise.
Where it fails is that “Becky” doesn’t go far enough with the rest of the story. The movie never provides an explanation for how Becky goes from a typically angry 13-year-old to a ruthless killing machine. Is she an undiagnosed sociopath? The movie doesn’t explore that option. For a long stretch of the film, Becky is working to save her future step-mother and step-brother, whom she doesn’t like on principle, but the story never explores her thoughts and feelings on saving them.
The movie could have really dug its teeth into some of these story ideas but it’s really only concerned with the killing.
Oh yeah, and Kevin James plays against type as the neo-Nazi leader. He’s good, and he can be quite evil in the role. But it’s not a performance that’s going to change anyone’s mind about Kevin James.