Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Nanny: a mommy guilt fest (with an ethnic twist)

Greetings, commies!

Amazon continues to deliver mixed results in horror. Today's pseudo-masterpiece is Nanny


Aisha is an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a violent presence invades her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.

My thoughts:

What could have been a great psychological thriller with a mystical element devolved into a mommy guilt fest. Hold that thought and let the employer guilt sink in next time you hire a single mother to care for your child. And of course, the high income white employers are portrayed in a demonic, cartoonish light, which totally cheapened the talent of the actors involved. They could do only so much with a flat script.

Overall, too many loose ends and abandoned storylines, mythological allusions that did not lead anywhere, hints at some supernatural powers that never transpired. Blumhouse should have turned the concept into a miniseries, to develop on the topic of West African folklore.

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