Dylan🛹🎬🎸🎨’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rewatching in order to get ready for the sequel Halloween kills, and I'm afraid I've lost my enthusiasm for it. By no means do I think it's a bad movie or a terrible reboot. In all honesty, it's still one of the best, but after a rewatch, a lot of the problems I had with it originally are still there and, if not worse, on a rewatch, but where there are negatives, there are a lot of positives as well.
One of the biggest problems I have with the movie is that there really isn't anything new brought to the table. Most of the plot is made up of two previous entries in the franchise, those being H20 and the original. So the film mostly feels like it has a lot of moments of "wait, I've seen this before" and really plays highly on that aspect. Which is a huge trend in Hollywood right now when trying to kindle a new life in an old franchise.
In terms of plot and writing, the story is written by (Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green), the majority of whom have previously worked on comedies such as Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down. This comedy team actually manages to actually create some decent suspense and some chilling atmospheres at times. On top of that, the team did write this flim with so many humorous elements that actually work in this film's flavor and they also bring the gore Michael is a killing machine in this film, and it reminds me of what John Carpenter was attempting to do with Michael in the original.He is the unstoppable, non-human embodiment of evil.
With all that being said, though, another major issue I have with his film is its portrayal of Laurie Strode or more or less her ptsd. Now I'm not an expert or know anyone with this illness, so if I get some stuff wrong or misinterpret what it's like to actually have this illness, I do apologize. I just feel like they really went overboard with her ptsd, like training your daughter and family into prep mode for when or if the boogie man comes back is just a little too crazy and just idk, it just really gets to me and after a really good scene when she's out to dinner with her family and she's laughing and having a good time, and all of a sudden, everything comes back and she just can't help but cry I really liked that scene. I wish they would've played more into it instead of making her the ultimate one woman army. I guess I shouldn't complain about that too much, though it is a slasher movie after all.
With that being said, Jamie Lee Curtis You're a queen. I love you. You were amazing in this movie. A total bad bitch. And honestly, that was the best part of this movie. Jamie's performance and her battle with Michael, and that beautiful soundtrack done by the man himself John Carpenter. I adore that soundtrack, and it sounds even better on vinyl.
All in all, this movie is a really mixed bag for me, but it does a some things right for me that still leaves me excited about "kills". Hopefully the sequel expands upon the ideas presented in this film and offers some desperately needed fresh ideas. Hopefully, I will get to watch it this week or next.