The Good Son

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"Evil has many faces."
  • R
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.4  (44,841)
  • 45

As someone who has seen the 1993 thriller The Good Son, starring Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood, I can tell you that it is an intense movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The film follows a boy named Mark Evans (Wood) who goes to stay with his aunt and uncle while his mother is dealing with the death of his younger brother. While there, he meets his cousin, Henry (Culkin), who at first seems like the perfect boy. However, as the movie progresses, it becomes clear that Henry is actually a psychopath who enjoys causing harm to others.

The Good Son is a dark and disturbing movie, and the performances from both Culkin and Wood are top-notch. Culkin, who was famous for his role in Home Alone, completely transforms himself here, playing a character who is cold and calculating. He is able to convincingly portray Henry's lack of empathy, which makes the character all the more terrifying. Wood is equally impressive, playing the more sympathetic character of Mark. His performance is nuanced and layered, and he manages to convey the character's fear and confusion as he realizes that there is something seriously wrong with his cousin.

One of the most striking things about The Good Son is its use of visual imagery. Director Joseph Ruben does a great job of creating an unsettling atmosphere, using foggy landscapes and dimly lit rooms to create an eerie sense of foreboding. There are also a number of scenes that are designed to shock the audience, including a particularly disturbing one involving a set of train tracks. However, despite the film's use of violence and disturbing images, it never feels gratuitous or exploitative. Instead, it is used to drive home the seriousness of the situation and to make the audience feel the same sense of unease that Mark does.

The Good Son also raises some interesting questions about morality and childhood. The film asks whether someone can be born evil or if their environment contributes to their behavior. Henry's parents are portrayed as being neglectful, and it is suggested that this may have had something to do with his violent tendencies. However, the movie never fully answers this question, leaving it up to the audience to decide.

Overall, The Good Son is a well-crafted thriller that will leave you feeling uneasy long after you've finished watching it. It is not a movie for the faint of heart, but for anyone who can handle its darker subject matter, it is definitely worth checking out.

The Good Son is a 1993 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 45.

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    6.4  (44,841)
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