Okay I just got back from seeing the new Freddy movie, and I present to you the Nightmare on Elm Street movie review. Now for those of you who are not familiar with the concept of Freddy Krueger, he's a guy that plagues a town by killing people in their nightmares, I don't know how you couldn't know the concept but here it is just the same. (This does contain spoilers.) The movie was actually pretty good even though it was not a new concept, and surprisingly it was not as scary as I would have first assumed. But don't let that discourage you.
Riddled with a mixture of surprises, the plot was actually nicely done. This movie misleads the audience into thinking that they are following one main character but they aren't. The opening guy dies, which makes the audience wonder who the heck the protagonist is supposed to be. The next character suffers the same fate, so you really wonder who the protagonist is. It makes you wonder, is there a protagonist or not, and if this same concept throughout the whole movie until everyone is dead. The movie presents a backstory for Freddy that is well put together, making him out to be possibly innocent, blamed for child molestation, creating a "crimes of the parents" motif.
Most of the characters in the movie are not as fleshed out as Freddy. The burned, nightmare dwelling man, gets completely fleshed out in this movie, even if the reason for him creating the crime is left out. With all the other characters, I kept wondering why they were friends. None of their personalities lined up, but they were so close. It seemed like the writers thought it was interesting that they interacted rather than why.
The action in the movie was steady, especially when you're not really sure when they are dreaming and when they are awake. And when reality starts to mesh with the nightmare world it becomes more intense. However the audience is still wondering at the end is Freddy the bad guy? I won't give that away, but I will say the last scene in the movie is confusing. A person dies by Freddy's hand, but who the heck is dreaming?
This movie is worth seeing. Even though it is horror, it is easy to follow as well as reasonable, along with a few surprises. If you're looking to be scared you probably won't receive it from this movie. However it is still a 4 out of 5.
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