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Feed Me This Critique of “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

Warning: contains spoilers***

One of the earliest movies to be rated PG-13, this story follows a young man, named Seymour, who is trying to please his boss with a plant business. One plant becomes incredibly popular and then gruesome.

I will stop there with the narration. Below are what I liked about this film and what I felt could’ve been better.

This post will only include information about the movie from 1986 and not the earlier movie from 1960 or the live musical.

So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on this film, starting with the strengths.

1: The Musical Numbers

The songs were great. In fact, they were done by the same people who did Disney-animated movies such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”. While the music doesn’t sound too similar, and obviously, the story is more mature, the structure of the film is similar to that of a Disney classic. Between the midpoint and the all-is-lost moment is a romantic number between Seymour and his love interest, Audrey.

2: The Twist Where the Plant Talks

Seymour called the plant an Audrey II to honor the lady he had strong feelings for. It started out as a normal plant. Then, when Seymour cut himself, he fed the blood to the plant. It would make smacking sounds when it was hungry. When it grew bigger, it surprisingly could talk. It would tell Seymour to keep feeding it. I loved when Seymour said to the plant at some point, “Don’t think you’re getting dessert.” Lol.

3: Seymour’s Character Development

While Seymour was nicer to Audrey than her abusive boyfriend, the dentist, was, he wasn’t without his flaws. Although the dentist had already died from the laughing gas, Seymour’s boss thought Seymour was killing the dentist. Seymour feared trouble with the cops, turned down journalists and people in the publicity business when they wanted to advertise his plant and offer him money, and even brought something to defeat the dentist before he perished from the laughing gas. Of course, Seymour is still a good guy who’s had a tough life. He was orphaned at a young age and his boss raised him, but not in a pleasing way.

Now onto the parts I felt could’ve been better.

1: Audrey’s Ideal Life Explained in the Number, “Somewhere that’s Green”

I first discovered this song in “Family Guy”, when Herbert imagines a life with Chris. The lyrics there and in “Little Shop of Horrors” are mostly the same. Audrey imagines a life with Seymour where he rakes and trims the grass and Audrey is a happy wife into cleaning and cooking. Some of her other dreams included TV dinners and a 9:15 bedtime. I know this story was written and is probably set in the late 50’s or early 60’s, when standards for women were different. But seeing this in 2019, I found those ideas too bizarre and unappealing. Most women probably wouldn’t dream of a life like Audrey does during that moment.

2: A Dentist that Scares and Hurts People Still Succeeds in his Job

I know this is a past decade, but why would anyone want to go to a scary dentist? He causes pain the wrong way and harms people physically at times. Why doesn’t anyone report him? Or at least not come back? He should’ve lost patients due to his bad practicing.

Last, but not least, onto an idea that I’m unsure about.

A Happy or Sad Ending

Originally, the film was going to end where Audrey dies, Seymour feeds her body to his plant, and then the plant eats Seymour after. That was in the director’s cut, which you can get on the DVD. However, the theatrical release showed a happy ending, where Seymour defeats the plant and he and Audrey get married, living happily ever after. While I’ve always preferred happier endings to stories, I find that the sad ending fits the tone and premise more. At the same time, I was more satisfied with the happily-ever-after ending. I guess both are equally fine.

I would rate this film 4 out of 5 stars.

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“It” (2017): My Humble Review of the Horror Remake

Warning: contains spoilers***

I was never really fond of horror movies. They tend to scare me. In fact, many people thought the movie “It” based off Stephen King’s novel, would frighten me too much.

However, once I saw the movie, it didn’t turn out as scary as people had said it would be. The story starts off with two brothers, where the younger one runs down the street in the rain and chases a boat. He encounters a clown, known as Penny-Wise, who acts nicely to the child, but then kills him.

Some time has passed, and Penny-Wise is out there. Seven children see hints of him in their daily routines. The horror begins.

While I appreciated that the movie did not turn out to be as frightening as described (with a couple of exceptions where I covered my eyes), it is still not a movie I would go crazy for. Some scenes were exciting, but one of my biggest issues was the character development of the adults, especially the parents. I felt they weren’t very believable. I get that the kids have to make their own decisions, but that still doesn’t mean the adults should not be believable. They shouldn’t be too involved.

For example, in the scene where Beverly is reading a love letter, and blood erupts from the sink, her unloving father gets mad. He also comments on her looking like a boy due to her haircut. Then he leaves her. First of all, that line where he remarks Beverly’s hair does not sound like something any parent would say to his or her child. Maybe a mean sibling would say that, but not a father. Also, leaving her in the bathroom where she’s terrified? Even a strict parent with lots of rules would worry about the child, and the parent would be frightened, too.

When Beverly kills her father, the story ends where she gets to go live with her aunt. But shouldn’t she go to jail, instead? I know this is fiction, but God-forbid the wrong person sees this and kills another. He or she would, no doubt, get locked up for many decades or receive the death penalty,

So this movie I would give 3.5 stars. The whole movie was engaging, but it is still not really my cup of tea. I might see part 2, though, depending on circumstances.