Five Nights at Freddy’s: Movie Review
BY JOCELYN GONZALEZ
(L-R) Five Night's at Freddy's characters Bonnie, Freddy and Chica.
Five Nights at Freddy's is a movie that many fans of the original games really wanted to
see. So, when the movie came out, many had high expectations, and sadly many were
disappointed. I'm not saying it's not a good movie. On the contrary, my friend and I actually
enjoyed it. The problem was that the more we discussed the film, the more we realized that it
was either missing stuff or they could have done things a little differently to make it better.
To begin with, when the movie was first announced, it would be a rated R movie. It was
supposed to be catered to the older audiences that grew up playing these games. The director had even said that it would be gory and that they even had a scene that was too gruesome and removed it.
However, this was nowhere to be seen in the film since they changed the rating to PG-13. And I don't have any problem with the rating changing and there being no gore. I personally don't like blood. But I do have a problem with there being no jump scares. Throughout the years, people have constantly criticized scary movies for having cheap jump scares.
So it's understandable that they wouldn't want to get that same reaction. However, the whole game is based on these jump scares. It's what made the goofy animatronics scary and the game entertaining. They also didn't use the main game mechanic whatsoever. Actually, the security guard, Mike, only really used the cameras around two times.
Five Night's at Freddy's poster.
The rest of the time, he was either sleeping or out on the floor doing other stuff like cleaning or building forts. So when the scariest thing was the little figure of Balloon Boy, I'd that this movie based on a scary game was not frightening in the slightest.
Although it might seem like I didn't like the film based on everything I mentioned, I actually think they did a pretty good job on other things. Josh Hutcherson did an excellent job in playing Mike.
Also, the animatronics looked really good, and they did a fantastic job at making them sound heavy, giving you a good sense of how big these things really are. The story was fun and overall heartwarming.
Character Chica played by Jess Weiss.
Overall, I think others would actually enjoy it. I would just warn that if you know most of the games and the lore, then just keep your expectations a little bit low. I give the movie a three out of five stars.