The Good Son (1993)

by missizziemcguinness


‘I’m sorry that you don’t want to be friends’

The Good Son is about a boy called Mark (Elijah Wood) who goes to stay with various members of his extended family after his mother dies. However, his angelic looking cousin Henry (Macualay Culkin) soon displays suspiciously violent behavior.

Admittedly, I found that this film was not very good. Despite that, the director does toy with the viewer’s fear of heights, mostly because most of the camera shots take place well above solid ground e.g on cliff edges or up in trees. It is a shock watching a movie starring Culkin which is not aimed at children, but it was a relief when he got what he deserved in the end, because if the mother let go of Elijah Wood’s character, in the fictional world- there would be no Frodo/movie adaptation of Lord of the Rings.

What didn’t help was the fact that this movie was created as one of Macualay Culkin’s final movie credits and released around the same time as a notorious 1993 murder in Britain. It is also easy for an innocent looking child to lie to his parents to cover up his disturbing, slightly schizophrenic mind, and I don’t think I would be able to watch Home Alone in the same way again.

Also stars Macualay Culkin’s sister Quinn Culkin.