Watch: The Good Son 1993 123movies, Full Movie Online – Following his mother’s death, Mark is sent to Maine to visit his aunt and uncle while his father goes on a business trip to Tokyo. Mark meets his cousin Henry, and the two quickly form a friendship. However, Henry shows signs of violent behavior that worry Mark..
Plot: A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who’s the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of psychotic behavior.
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|6.4/10 Votes: 41,994
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Very well made psycho-thriller
THE GOOD SON is one of many psycho-thrillers that were made in the early 1990s in the wake of the success of the likes of FATAL ATTACTION, BASIC INSTINCT and THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE. Most of these could be easily categorised by the type of person who was the villain, i.e. ‘bad cop’ (UNLAWFUL ENTRY), ‘bad neighbour’ (PACIFIC HEIGHTS), ‘bad husband’ (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY). THE GOOD SON is, as you’d guess from the title, about a bad kid.
Said kid is Macauley Culkin, a wonderful piece of casting against type by the producers. So long we’ve had to put up with Culkin in his sickly-sweet roles but here he portrays somebody very different indeed and, inevitably, this turns out to be the best performance of his career. Culkin is excellent, truly portraying a character beyond his years, and he helps to make the movie.
It helps that everything else is right, too. The script focuses on realism throughout, and there’s plenty of characterisation to make the viewer feel truly grounded in the experience. Aside from the ending, things don’t get over the top with the style or direction. There are a handful of set-pieces which really work (like the bit with the bridge), and some incredible stunt work that left me breathless, like the whole bit with the tree house. As somebody with a fear of heights, such moments turned my legs to jelly.
Elijah Wood made a point of appearing in plenty of twee kid’s films during the 1990s (FREE WILLY anyone?) but this is one of his most interesting movies from that decade. David Morse is typically good as Wood’s father. The script stays grounded throughout, the psychological insight is as interesting as the thriller aspects of the story, and it all finishes in a satisfying way that goes against Hollywood convention. Good stuff.
Could have been better
Mark (Elijah Wood), still grieving over his mothers death, goes to live with cousins in Maine while his father takes care of business. One of his cousins is a boy his age, Henry (Macaulay Culkin). Henry turns out to be a psychopath and is determined to do anything to stop Mark from telling anyone else.
This movie originally had a different director attached to it who (understandably) did not want Culkin in it. Culkins’ father made it clear that if Macaulay didn’t get this movie he wouldn’t do “Home Alone 2”. So, the studio bowed to pressure–the original director quit–and Culkin destroys what could have been a great movie. As we now know, Macaulay was treated like dirt by his father and forced into projects, so he can’t be blamed for this entirely. Still he’s just lousy. He says all his lines in a monotone and has a blank look on his face all through the movie. He really weighs this movie down. Still, this isn’t totally worthless.
It’s well-directed; contains three very good performances by Wood, Wendy Crewson and David Morse; has just beautiful locations (most filmed in Cape Ann, MA) and has a lush, sweeping music score. Also it seems to have been cut down to its bare bones–it’s only 84 minutes long–and moves very quickly.
Still, I can only give it a 6 because of Culkin. That’s too bad.
Also, it doesn’t really deserve the R rating. There’s no nudity, sex, very little swearing and all the violence is off screen.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Joseph Ruben
Writer Ian McEwan
Actors Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm