The Book of Henry
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Lee Pace, Naomi Watts, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah Silverman
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2017 105 mins. (12A)
Released by Universal Pictures
It all happens in small town suburbia and the Carpenter family top it all. Single mum Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress and likes guns, her 11-year-old son Henry's (Jaeden Lieberher) something of a genius and his younger brother Peter's (Jacob Tremblay) the cute kid who adores his big brother. Bring on the dark side. Henry's got a big crush on his neighbour Christina (Maddie Ziegler) but that house holds a a dark secret involving involving her stepfather Glenn Sickleman (Dean Norris). Then to top it all Henry succumbs to a fatal illness but he's written a book with instructions on how to deal with Glenn. Gun loving Susan will be in her element. That's suburbia for you.
Colin Trevorrow's adaptation of Gregg Hurwitz's novel comes out as a mishmash, directionless jumble, not helped by an iffy script and falls flat and signals a nose dive, head-in-the-hands, make for the exit. Pity, it could have been so good.