As kids, we often fear the unknown and the monsters that could be lurking under our beds or in the closets. That doesn’t seem to stop us from reading scary stories or having monster toys around. But when you don’t have any friends, the monsters may end up being your only friend.
Come Play is the latest release from Focus Features, and following their usual trend – the movie comes with a strong premise but doesn’t quite deliver. Focusing on Oliver, a young autistic boy who doesn’t have friends, he instead finds entertainment and solace in technology. He uses it for his entertainment as well as a way to communicate since he is non-verbal. But that might actually be a the worst thing for Oliver, as one of the monsters in his book Larry – has decided he wants to be friends and that could mean tragic results.
The movie mostly focuses around Oliver and his parents, with a few other kids coming into the story. Since Oliver is non-verbal, he is unable to warn others about Larry, but when other kids start to bully him Larry makes himself known and protects Oliver. The monster, seemingly has kind intentions but will stop at nothing to get Oliver and be his only friend. While Larry is a Monster, he views how others treat Oliver as bad (and he’s not wrong). So really, who are the monsters in Oliver’s life?
Come play is releasing just in time for Halloween, and with the exception of a couple jump scares – would probably fit more in a thriller category. The movie isn’t really scary, but is more long and slowly drags on through the story. It doesn’t waste time explaining who Larry is, but other than a few creepy moments kind of falls a bit flat in the scare category.
You will be able to watch Come Play in select theaters on October 30th.
About Come Play:
Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen. The film is produced by The Picture Company for Amblin Partners.