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"Boy Kills World" (2024): A Fever Dream of Kung Fu, Carnage, and Quirky Characters - Movie Review

A fever dream action film that follows Boy, a deaf person with a vibrant imagination. When his family is murdered, he is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.

Well, folks, if you've ever wondered what would happen if Quentin Tarantino decided to direct a Prince music video from the 90s, look no further than Boy Kills World. This new fever dream action film stars Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Rothe, and Michelle Dockery, and it’s an over-the-top, karate-infused, psychedelic ride that will leave your head spinning faster than a nunchuck in a Bruce Lee movie.

The Plot (Or, How to Train Your Deaf, Imaginative Assassin)

The movie follows Boy, played by the ever-creepy-yet-charismatic Bill Skarsgård. Boy is a deaf individual with a vibrant imagination, which makes his journey all the more surreal. When his family is murdered, he’s taken under the wing of a mysterious shaman who trains him to repress his childish imagination and transform into an instrument of death. It’s like Kill Bill meets Alice in Wonderland—if Alice had a black belt and a penchant for bloodshed.

What I Liked (Or, Why This Movie is a Wild Ride Worth Taking)

Psychedelic Action Sequences: Imagine if Salvador Dalí decided to choreograph a karate movie. That’s the kind of visual spectacle you’re in for. The movie is a kaleidoscope of colors, crazy action scenes, and bizarre imagery that hits you all at once, like a Prince video on a sugar high.

Over-the-Top Action and Gore: If you’re into action scenes that are so over-the-top they make John Wick look like a Jane Austen novel, you’ll love this movie. The death scenes are gory, graphic, and gloriously exaggerated. It's the kind of violence that makes you wince and laugh at the same time.

Bill Skarsgård and H. Jon Benjamin: Skarsgård’s performance, paired with the distinctive voice of H. Jon Benjamin, is a match made in heaven—or perhaps a very twisted version of it. Benjamin’s voice adds a layer of dark humor that complements Skarsgård’s intense on-screen presence perfectly.

What I Disliked (Or, The Weirdness Overload)

Weird Dialog and Plot Points: Some of the dialog and plot points are so bizarre they make you wonder if the writers were on a hallucinogenic trip. While the film’s surreal nature is part of its charm, it occasionally veers into the territory of incomprehensible.

Overused Revenge Plot: The whole revenge-driven storyline is starting to feel as old as VHS tapes. While Boy Kills World adds a unique twist, it still treads on familiar ground with its “family gets murdered, protagonist seeks revenge” trope.

Extra Tidbits (Because Who Doesn’t Love Fun Facts?)

The Guitar-Playing Robot: That robot strumming away on a guitar? It's actually The Robot from the original Lost in Space with a slightly different head sphere. Talk about a blast from the past!

Pete Davidson’s Almost Role: Pete Davidson was originally considered for the role of Boy. Can you imagine the comedic twist that would have brought?

The Voiceover Switch: An earlier version of the film had Bill Skarsgård providing his own voiceover in the style of a Mortal Kombat announcer. That trailer has mostly been scrubbed from the internet, but oh, what could have been! Instead, we get H. Jon Benjamin, whose voice work gives Boy an inner monologue reminiscent of a cigarette commercial, sounding oddly like Sam Elliott.

Final Thoughts and Rating

Boy Kills World is a wild, weird, and wonderful ride. It's a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should you. It’s full of action, humor, and a touch of the bizarre, making it a unique addition to the action genre. While it has its flaws, it's definitely worth a watch if you're in the mood for something completely off the beaten path.

My final rating? 6.9/10. It’s not perfect, but it’s entertaining as heck.

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