Bye Bye Man full movie review - Lingering Solids.
The Bye Bye Man, once supposed to come in September of 2016; There's a reason it's been once pushed to December, and now to January. The Bye Bye Man lingers so heavily to the point of where many of it's elements make it simply fall apart.
We pretty much follow the story of Elliot, Sasha, and John, three college students who rent a home for themselves, only to be provoked by The Bye Bye man, after the past comes to haunt them, as part of the house they've rented. First off, really, if you're looking for a horror film that breaks down the whole origin of this entity, by no means will you get it. The Bye Bye Man / entities' origin, and reasoning behind all of the events it causes is truly never explained in the film, honestly coming off as an unexplained collection of scares, and movie fillings toward the characters. Throughout this entire movie, the characters all constantly get into ordeals with the entity, only giving the audience more of a want / wonderment toward the entity himself, only to be let down when the whole situation of the entity is never explained; The entire movie centers around this Bye Bye Man, and in the end, he, nor his doings and origins is never explained, and left out completely. Throughout the film, we get the characters figuring out pieces to the entities' puzzle, honestly the typical, and cliché "Old / dead document that can't be found anywhere else until now" gimmick seen in many, many other horror films. The characters all search, and find ways to stop temporarily, and prevent shortly the entity from provoking them, but really that's just about it. Time, after time until another character just randomly dies from this entity, these characters are all running around solving pieces of this entity, for what seems to be fill time; Absolutely no reasoning, really. Overall, really just a ton of, in the end, pointless doings toward an entity the film is entirely revolved around, yet overall never explains, nor goes in depth with such entity / entities to even begin with, rendering pointless, truly. Continuing, the acting in this movie was honestly a split. The character of Sasha honestly didn't fully live up to emotional showings, overall at a good chunk of lines sounding flat, and not truly in the zone of what specific scenes called for, the actor of Elliot, and John, surprisingly, however pulled a solid job with such emotions, and overall acting toward their situations. Moving even further, the films' displaying of events. There were parts where a character gets shot, or injured, and that character would sit, and absolutely no blood would be shown. There would be parts too reliant on CGI, coming off cheap looking, and blatantly fake, and out of place looking, for example a scare tactic that looked so out of proportion, it left a good amount of the audience in complete confusion. And as said before, there'd be happenings where the audience has no idea what to make of due to a major lack of information on the entity, example being his doings, and actions toward the characters.
In conclusion, this films' plot, story-line, and in-depth execution was extremely flat, and extremely incoherent when given deep thought. The Bye Bye man, and other entities that built this films' hype up was shown, but no background prevailed, and overall would seem as if these entities were just thrown in for scare tactics, and story fillings. The story executed in a cliché, and overly done matter that didn't differentiate itself from what's been done before, the characters, for the most part did pointless actions that amounted to nothing story / plot changing with the exception of some scenes; Which is one of the very few things that can be said. And overall the CGI, and some shots shown looked quite off, and questionable that lead to an audience- wide reaction. To wrap things up, there's a reason, again this was pushed quite a few times. The Bye Bye Man, overall had extremely low redeeming qualities such as a twist or two, but overall amounted to nothing, quite literally, and even more so executed some of the most pointless actions that lead to, once again, nothing. I'd recommend seeing this when it's out of the theaters, The Bye Bye Man wasn't worth the push back wait, overall, and was a disappointing start to horrors' 2017.