Naomi Watts stars as Susan, a single mother of two, working as a waitress in a small town. Her son, Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), is an 11-year-old genius who not only manages the family finances but acts as emotional support for his mother and younger brother (Jacob Tremblay). When Henry discovers that the girl next door has a terrible secret, he implores Susan to take matters into her own hands in this imaginative and emotional drama from director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).
wow, really great film. sad but so so smart and engaging. we loved it. kid actors are wonderful and naomi is great as always.
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- The Book of Henry review by Tezzer
I really wanted to like this film, I really did. The premise is a good one and the acting (especially the children), is first rate. The first half of the film is really quite enjoyable, but then there’s a sudden tonal shift in the second half, it’s quite jarring and the story becomes completely implausible. In fact it’s laughable, I don’t get how anyone involved could think that this narrative would work? It certainly didn’t work for me. A wasted opportunity. Shame :(