Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life – leading her down a dark and dangerous path.
A new supernatural horror flick about a high school girl, Clare Shannon (Joey King), who is an outcast that witnesses her mother commit suicide after she throws away something that resembles an old music box. Now in high school, we see that she’s the one that everyone, besides her two closest friends, makes fun of. She is constantly picked on and ridiculed in both school, and on social media by the popular girls at her school. They’re both still living with the shock that changed their lives forever 12 years before the start of the film when Claire discovered her mother’s lifeless body swinging from the rafters of their attic, and she’s been living with a sort of emptiness since then.
Clare is also very embarrassed by her ‘dumpster diving’ dad (Phillipe). Her father works as a garbage picker and one day while at work he finds a mysterious music box while digging through some random person’s trash. Clare happens to be n a Chinese course in school so she can make out the “seven wishes” from the ancient Chinese writing on the box. Clare becomes haunted and infatuated with the strange music box and is blown away when her wishes start coming true. People start dying as a result of her making wishes. Fascinated, Clare proceeds to wish ill of her main tormentor, who comes down with a bad case of cabin fever.
I think Clare is supposed to be a character that you root for in order to change the outcome of all these deaths. out on top. However, you quickly realize that she’s not much more than an idiotic and selfish twin to the people that she wants to rid. All of her wishes are made to solely benefit herself. There’s nothing for the audience to empathize with when her wishes are so vain and selfish. Clare also learns that her selfish wishes come with a price — someone close to her dies every time she makes a wish. And with every new wish comes a death that seems to get closer and closer to her.
Wish Upon is not all that scary, and it really doesn’t even have a good amount of those added jump-scare techniques you would think it should at least have. It’s sort of comical in a lot of scenes, and everyone at the showing was laughing at how the movie ended. It’s hilariously bad. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve had a better laugh in a movie this year than the one I had in this film when, after wishing that her father would be cool and normal, Claire and her friends watch her dad become a popular Sax player, and seems to have put together this band out of nowhere. One of Clare’s friend, Barb (from Stranger Things) tells the other girls that Claire’s dad is Hot as hell, as the camera cuts back to her father killing the sax, and then pans back to the girls, especially Barb and you realize that something sexual just happened between them.
The movie definitely has its ups and downs, and honestly, there were some really good suspense scenes, while others were just painfully obvious. I feel as if they had only worked a little more with some of the parts the movie would have ended up being so much more. And yes, I would still recommend others to see it and hope that they don’t give up on it too soon. There is some pretty good stuff in there. It’s no doubt more of a B-horror movie, but to me, it was still fun, and I think it’s one that most B-horror fans can still enjoy. If this sounds like something that’s right up your alley, you should definitely buy a ticket to see it this weekend.
Title: Wish Upon
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Starring: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: John Leonietti
Reviewed by: Sarah Hopkins
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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