For a film that tries to tell us about the dangers of falling asleep, I couldn’t help but nod off during this crap.
Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), is a serial killer who crosses the boundary between dreams and the waking world to gut his victims with his razor-sharp blade-fingered glove. As Nancy (Rooney Mara) and her pals fight for their lives, they also uncover clues to a shocking secret from their past.
This is a remake of the 1984 classic from Wes Craven and what I don’t understand is why the hell did we need this?!? Oh wait that’s right because we want kids who don’t even know about the original to go out and see this in order to get lots of moolah. Smart plan, bastards.
The movie’s main problem is that it’s just totally dull. It all starts off as one kid dozes off into this crazy fantasy, and then Freddy comes in and kills them, and then it happens to another kid. Nothing new really happens here other than just the fact that the kill-count keeps on moving up and it all gets so damn predictable. The supposed “scares” didn’t do anything for me, because every time Freddy popped up it was just a jump scare, and I mean almost every single time too. This just annoyed me because I knew where this film was headed and then it just totally began to lose my interest.
However, I liked how they actually dived into a more interesting story explaining Freddy for what he was, and why he is doing this all. I liked this because we don’t just see Freddy as a killer, but more of a human, that did bad things. I also liked a lot of the dark and creepy visuals here too but I feel like they had so much opportunity here to actually do something good and be awesome, but instead just totally relied on a shitty story, and even worse action/kills.
Jackie Earle Haley does try his hardest to be Freddy Krueger. He has that deep and raspy voice, and brings out a lot of chuckles with his one-liners but he’s just no Robert Englund. I think most of that problem is the fact that here, Freddy looks more like a lion mixed with a frog than an actual monster. Every time he popped up, I just wasn’t scared and thought that he looked pretty ridiculous. The rest of the acting is pretty crappy. This kid, Kyle Gallner, he basically has one-note in this film and it’s that he looks like he is about to cry like a little bitch. I don’t know why they got the most emo looking kid to star as the main teen in this film, but I have to say he sucks anyway. Thank God for The Social Network, or else Rooney Mara would be a total laughing-stock after this. She plays Nancy and is terribly boring and brings nothing new to the table other than being scared, sad, or sleepy. The rest of the teens suck but since the film doesn’t really care about them all that much, then neither should I.
Consensus: It has a more interesting take on the story, but that doesn’t mean it is actually good at all one bit. A Nightmare on Elm Street is boring, horribly acted, and just nothing new or cool that we haven’t seen before despite a couple of cool visuals.