Boy Kills World (2024)

by | Apr 26, 2024 | Movie Reviews, New In Theaters | 0 comments

Boy Kills World is a rowdy and ridiculously great action comedy that genuinely excites with some unbelievable fight choreography. Though it’s not technically based on any previous works, this film is littered with influence from pop culture hits and knows how to adapt them without ever seeming like imitation. To stand out from the crowd, the violence is taken to another level as brutal video game combat meets Rated-R comedy timed to perfection. It’s a big plus that Bill Skarsgard gets to show off how ripped he really is underneath the Pennywise suit and makeup, proving that he’s more than just those recognizable eyes.

Boy Kills World

After losing his mother and sister to a gruesome political culling event that takes place once a year, Boy (Bill Skarsgard) narrowly escapes and loses his speech and hearing along the way. Trained for revenge by a man called Mentor (Yayan Ruhian), Boy spends his childhood deep in the forests learning every way to kill and inflict pain. When it’s finally time to leave his training behind, Boy and the voice in his head (H. Jon Bejamin) must get it together and find a way to eliminate the Royal family responsible for his family’s death.

Based on a multitude of graphic novels and only the most insane video game combat, Boy Kills World throws everything at the wall creatively and comes away with a fun story that continually surprises in several ways. While it feels familiar in many of the story and character beats, there’s a freshness to how the characters interact and fight that provides some totally wild and hilarious moments. It’s full of the kind of Rated-R action that leaves you gasping and hollering in disbelief, both of which I did plenty of as I struggled to stay still in my seat. There must be kudos given to the stunt crew because they created some truly inventive and outlandish fight sequences that entertain at the highest level.

I must imagine it’s quite difficult to play a character completely physically and leave the voice acting to someone else who’s not performing there in the moment. To his credit, Bill Skarsgard has always been impressive with how identifiable his emotions are using only his face, something that served him almost too well as Pennywise in It Chapter ½. With complete ease he’s able to match the voice of H. Jon Benjamin perfectly with his mannerisms and incredible eye work. It’s an incredibly unique performance and concept for a role that I wasn’t certain of going into the film, but after seeing it totally applauded for how well it enhanced the comedy side of things.

H. Jon Benjamin’s voice is instantly recognizable and a hilarious choice for Skarsgard’s internal dialogue, as fans of his animated work on Archer, Bob’s Burgers, and countless other shows know how funny his voice is alone. Combining the fact that Skarsgard’s character is deaf and mute makes for even more comical confusion when he’s trying to process reading people’s lips and often fails miserably. The result is a bunch of gobbledygook that catches you off guard in moments of intense gunfighting and always gets a chuckle. Some of the line delivery comes off a bit cheesy, but that’s more to do with some of the writing and generic nature of the influences that were brought into the story.

Boy Kills World was such a surprising experience that I didn’t know I needed, offering plenty of laughs and tons of moments where I couldn’t stop from audibly reacting to the insane action. While not every idea is original, the core of the film’s story works well for the path of revenge laid out before Skarsgard’s character. With enough shocking moments to keep you on your toes, Boy Kills World makes for such an entertaining viewing experience that you’ll immediately rush to discuss with those who were also likely stunned by some of what they saw!

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