“A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” perfect for kids

By Cassidy Reyna

Netflix’s “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” is a cheesy coming-of-age film. 

The plot of the movie has a lot of potential as shown in its trailer and does hit some marks, but could have been executed better.

Although it isn’t a “scary” child film, it is more like a coming-of-age film as the protagonists tend to grow and expand their views throughout the course of the film. 

With problems of being the “weird kid” and “math whizz,” Kelly is able to find herself by the end of the film.

Smart does a great job portraying Kelly, especially getting across the emotions of a teenager in high school. 

However, the best part of the film is Tom Felton’s performance. Felton’s cheesy role as a boogeyman called The Grand Guignal takes the cake. 

Felton is known for playing bully Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, making it fitting that he plays a villain once again. 

What makes Felton’s performance so great and hilarious is that at first it’s hard to tell that he is behind the make-up and costume. 

When it comes to how the film was executed, it could have been better. 

This film is for younger audiences that want to watch a film for the Halloween season. 

The storyline, can keep younger audiences on the edge of their seats wanting to see what else will happen.

Whether the protagonists will be successful in their mission as well as what is going on back home.

It seems as though the film was possibly on a budget as the special effects seem really cheap and could have been done better. 

Specifically the toadies are purely CGI when they would have been more effective as puppets. 

The film follows protagonist Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) on Halloween night. 

Kelly’s mother volunteers her to babysit her superior’s son Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho). 

Moments after Jacob goes to bed, creatures called Toadies and The Grand Guignol take him away. 

Within seconds, a girl with short blonde hair pulls up in the driveway to help Kelly. 

The girl introduces herself as Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence) and is a part of the Order of the Babysitters, a secret society of babysitters who hunt monsters.

The two girls go on a wild mission to track down the Toadies and find Jacob throughout the night.

When it comes to the back story of the secret society, it can go in more detail. 

However, it seems as though they were mainly name dropping when it came to who was a part of the secret society in the past.

Overall, the film is perfect for audiences between the ages of 10-14, with the growth of characters and what they go through as students in school. 

Now that families are stuck at home, the film can help students feel a little normal seeing the protagonist as a freshman in high school. 

Older audiences will more than likely enjoy the film purely for the fact that Felton is playing a villain in a film again. 

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