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Has anyone seen Jennifer Kent's newest film? Watching this on the heels of Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood made a stark contrast on two very different approaches to violence against women. And while this film is probably even more brutal, I also think there's more of a conscience on display here. I wrote up these first impressions for Letterboxd.
The Babadook was written and directed by Jennifer Kent; it's her first movie, and it's based on a short she made almost 10 years ago. It's been getting "scariest movie of the year/decade/ever" accolades, and I think those are overblown, but it's still a very good movie. Essie Davis is terrific as Amelia, a single mother who's struggling to raise her son, who has exhibited behavioral issues even before he finds a disturbing pop-up book titled Mister Babadook. (I think the title comes from the sound of knocking on a door, but the movie never explicitly says that.) Things escalate after they look at the book together, of course. I wasn't expecting The Babadook to have