After seeing advertisements for Jonathan Milot and Cary Murnion’s BECKY (2020), it seemed like a film that would go straight to digital or DVD back in the day, and while that’s all it’s been given the chance to do anyways, it deserves far more credit than a throwaway film. Will Becky be winning any awards? Definitely not, but it’s an absolute blast to watch if you’re a fan of campy horror. If you’re not into gore and violence, then I wouldn’t recommend this one, but if you’re up for that kind of thing, here’s why Becky is one of the most enjoyable on-demand films of 2020 so far.
After the loss of her mother, Becky (Lulu Wilson) and her father (Joel McHale) travel to their lake house with his new girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel) and her son, Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe). Out of nowhere, intruders enter their home, seemingly calm, and looking for a key. Within ten minutes, all hell breaks loose and Becky is now on a mission to take them all out. This film is pretty much if a filmmaker who knew how to make a gore-fest tried to replicate Home Alone in the woods. The story alone is a little by the numbers, but it works really well in context with the rest of the film.
Through films like David F. Sandberg’s ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017) or Netflix’s series THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (2018), Lulu Wilson has been proving that she’s easily one of the best young actresses working today. Her commitment to every roll always leaps off the screen and this film was no exception. One of the most surprising elements to this movie was the fact that Kevin James plays the intruders’ leader. This is the first time I’ve seen him portray a villain, let alone a serious role, and he was solid. His subtle work here was great, and I never thought I’d say this, but I want to see him do a lot more drama now.
As the film progresses, so does the gore and death. While that is not for everyone, from a filmmaking perspective, I was blown away in certain instances. The practical effects of the gore itself were well done. There’s also a decent amount of shocking and cringe-worthy (in a good way) moments. If you find that to be an enjoyable element, then this movie is right up your ally.
Overall, Becky is a far better film than I was expecting it to be. It takes itself seriously and has a few earned dramatic moments, but it also knows when to loosen up and have some campy fun. It’s not exactly a horror movie, but a nice little revenge story with plenty of well-done gore effects, and Wilson and James’ performances were enough to keep me on board. It’s really not a lot better than calling it a great B-Movie, but that was enough. Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have made an exciting and engaging little thriller that works from start to finish. Definitely recommend this one.