Wednesday 19 June 2024

REVIEW: Imaginary (2024 Film) - Starring DeWanda Wise

I watched this film for a second time today, and decided to update the score.

By Jon Donnis
Imaginary is a spine-chilling exploration of childhood innocence and the lurking horrors of repressed memories, directed and produced by Jeff Wadlow and brought to life by the genre-defining masterminds at Blumhouse. Set against the backdrop of a Louisiana childhood home, the film grips viewers with its sinister premise: what if imaginary friends aren't just products of youthful imagination, but manifestations of something far more sinister?

DeWanda Wise delivers a compelling performance as Jessica, a woman haunted by the return of an imaginary friend from her past, while Pyper Braun shines as Alice, Jessica's stepdaughter, whose innocent games with a seemingly harmless stuffed bear take a sinister turn. Dane DiLiegro breathes life into the enigmatic Chauncey Bear, blurring the lines between childhood whimsy and malevolent force.

As Jessica's memories resurface, fueled by cryptic tales from her elderly neighbor Gloria, portrayed with eerie authenticity by Betty Buckley, the tension escalates. The film expertly weaves together a narrative of family dynamics, psychological terror, and supernatural intrigue, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

One of the film's strengths lies in its pacing and character development. Each twist and turn feels deliberate, drawing viewers deeper into the mystery. The judicious use of jump scares and tension-building music heightens the immersive experience, while the creature designs add an extra layer of dread to the proceedings.

However, "Imaginary" isn't without its flaws. Some plot twists may feel telegraphed to astute viewers, detracting slightly from the overall impact. Yet, even with its occasional predictability, the film manages to deliver a satisfying blend of horror tropes and unexpected revelations.

"Imaginary" emerges as a solid supernatural horror film that delivers on its promises of creepy toys, possessed protagonists, and demonic apparitions. While it may not break new ground in the genre, its competent execution and effective scares make it a worthwhile watch for horror enthusiasts. With a good rating of 8.5 out of 10, "Imaginary" offers an engaging journey into the dark recesses of the human psyche, where childhood fears and forgotten memories collide with terrifying consequences.

Out Now on Digital