The Book Of Henry is a 2017 drama/thriller starring Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman and Maddie Ziegler. It is directed by Colin Trevorrow (known for Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World). A synopsis for The Book Of Henry via IMDb reads: “A single mother discovers a scheme in her son’s book to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather and sets out to execute the plan at any cost”.
The Book Of Henry is a beautifully layered film about the joys and sorrows of being a human being. It depicts life how it is: with good and bad things. It is about the actions that someone can take in order to make someone’s life a little bit better. I believe that no one in this brilliant story overplays their part; it’s such a pleasure to be introduced to each character as the plot unfolds.
The Book Of Henry is an emotionally affecting film with a few fine messages about parenthood and altruism. Naomi Watts is one of our generation’s most consistent actresses and the youngsters Jacob Tremblay and Jaeden Lieberher hold their weight and then some.
This film is innovative, refreshing, creative, playful, serious, emotional, suspenseful, surprising, and much more. It’s a jack-of-all-trades movie that does a little bit of everything, and yet it still comes together to provide the viewer with a fun and emotional movie experience.
The dramatic moments towards the end of the film are brilliantly associated with music and moments from a talent show that was going on at the same time as the character played by Naomi Watts was trying to kill her abusive neighbour. I felt those scenes added value to the film on the whole. I was really impressed by the way the story unfolded and I felt the actors chosen for the main roles were a good fit.
I think this film is not for everyone, but you should still go and watch it as it offers several life lessons and it will make you appreciate more what and who you have in your life. It never offers a dull moment and it gives you something to think and talk about after it finishes.
Abusive behaviour is a real problem that today’s society has and it’s important for films to treat such issues and it can be eye opening and it can help on improving us as human beings.If I were to give a mark for this film, it would a 7 out of 10.
The Book Of Henry is out in cinemas everywhere! Watch below the official trailer if you want to catch a glimpse of the film: