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5 years, 11 months ago
So, my pre-ordered copy of the much-critically-fawned-upon 'horror' film The Babadook
arrived this morning. And I've just watched it.
What a load of crap.
Look, I get what was being attempted here. And it was attempted with a lot of sincerity, and some excellent acting. But, really, what was the point? Depression is a terrible thing. Yes, we know. We all bloody know. Even those of us lucky enough to have escaped direct experience of depression know that we have escaped something terrible. Grief is a terrible thing too. Likewise. It's better to connect with and love your kids than to not. Yes. I don't have kids and I know that. These are trite morals.
Of course, there's no reason why you couldn't make a film carefully exploring these issues, delineating the experience of suffering from grief and depression so bad that it paralyses even your ability to love your own child. But if that's what you want to talk about, do so. Make a film about depression. Make a film about mental illness. Make a ...