Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Thoughts on The Babadook





14 comments:

  1. wrong thumbnail , derp :D

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  2. you got it now xD

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  3. The Babadook isn't a literal monster movie. The monster is a metaphor for the mother's grief and depression. It is ugly and increasingly present. The monster is her 'dark' self which is quick to anger and abuse. It is the part of her she tries to ignore, but the movie shows what happens when you've bottled it up for too long.

    The book itself is the mother's subconscious finally accepting that it's time to deal with this grief. It is mentioned that she was once a children's book author, so it's only fitting that her brain presents this idea to herself in the form of a pop-up rhyming children's book.

    There is evidence that 'the monster' has shown itself before. The son has built many elaborate traps well before the book is even found. The son is scared almost every night that a monster will come, and has to sleep in his mother's bed.

    Now here's the cool part! The neighbor (old Ms. Roach) calls the mother (in the scene where she chokes the dog) and says "I know this time of the year can be hard for you..." It just so happens that this time of year is the anniversary of her husbands death. The neighbor shows an extreme interest in the well-being of the mother, and even comes over in the middle of the night. This isn't just some good deed, the neighbor has seen the anger (MONSTER) of the mother in the past.

    She finally confronts her 'inner darkness', with a burst of LIGHT, and it shrieks and hurries down to the basement. In the last scene, we see the monster is still alive, still screaming. But she is able to appease it, and live with the acceptance of her grief. "Today is a good day" is said to her son after her encounter, which immplies every day she focuses on keeping 'the monster' in check.

    There's a lot more that I haven't included, but viewing the movie through this lens changes it completely. Hope you enjoy!

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  4. I like how you point out stock sounds that were used in other movies. The more movies I watch, the more I appreciate original content in sound design.

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  5. AardvarkThePenguin3 February 2015 at 03:10

    Holy mother of god I hate that stalk monster sound its EVERYWHERE and SO DISTINCT AND ANNOYING FUCK. You're not alone Adam.

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  9. The imitation game it is....

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  10. you suck,
    no seriously you really suck!
    You can´t place things into it like black barbadook semen coming out of the mothers mouth, which the kid can see and stays on her fucking clothes, and then go Uhh its all a metaphor.
    Please kill yourself

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  11. It's completely fine with me that you don't understand how symbolism manifests itself in film and theater. It's not for everybody, move on.

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  12. The Babadook is a metaphor for grief. But it's also a literal monster in the world of the film.

    Just as Vampires are metaphors for disease, but are also real monsters in the fictional worlds they inhabit.

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  13. Noah Quilantan7 May 2015 at 11:07

    I was scared of those sounds because they were familiar, not despite it.

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  14. Just finished watching it myself, though it was decent in some areas but too cliche in most others.

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