I loved Becky. It was just a ton of fun and was one of the films that I recommended to everyone I talked to when it came out. I never expected a sequel to the film, so I was incredibly happy to see The Wrath of Becky show up in my inbox. Lulu Wilson is a fantastic actor and won me over in the first film. It was a shame that ABC didn’t pick up the pilot for Valley Trash, a pilot that stared Wilson alongside Jason Lee, the same year that Becky was released. However, thanks to The Wrath of Becky, we get more Becky and Wilson… the best of both worlds.
The Wrath of Becky features Wilson in titular role a couple of years after the original film. Becky hasn’t done well in the various foster homes that she’s found herself in and ends up on her own, living with Elena (Denise Burse) and working at a diner. Things are going well until members of a far-right group, known as the “Noble Men”, show up at the diner and butt heads with Becky. After she humiliates them, they want a little revenge and follow her home. There, they attack Becky and Elena, and take Diego, Becky’s dog. From this point on, there are definite John Wick vibes, since Becky is driven, in part, by her desire to get her dog back.
While Becky definitely felt like an R-rated Home Alone thriller, this film feels a little more like an action flick. Some of the cinematography definitely reminded me of moments from old Schwarzenegger and Stallone flicks. If they ever wanted to do a female-driven Rambo reboot, I’d be excited to see Wilson as John Rambo. The action, particularly the death sequences, were highly entertaining and should not be overlooked. I particularly like a scene that occurred outside a barn… but that’s all I’m going to share, you’ll need to watch it for yourself to see what I mean.
The original film featured Kevin James as the villain in a role that was completely outside the characters we expect to see him play and he was fantastic. Here, we stick with a known comedy actor filling the primary villain role with Seann William Scott stepping in and doing a fantastic job. I always enjoy watching actors who are known for a specific genre step outside their comfort zone and do something different and I feel like Scott’s Darryl was just as creepy and unexpected as James’s Dominick in the first film.
Films like this one are just fun. Plain and simple, they are a joy to watch and you know that you’ll be highly entertained. For that reason, I don’t want to tell you too much, you get the idea – blood, gore, violence, and comedy. So, let’s just leave it at the fact that Becky and The Wrath of Becky are both must watch films and I eagerly await another film from this franchise. There’s a lot of places they could go and I’m really hopeful that we get the chance to see them explored on screen.
The Wrath of Becky was released in theatres on May 26.
The Wrath of Becky
Movie title: The Wrath of Becky
Movie description: Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman - a kindred spirit named Elena. But when a group known as the “Noble Men” break into their home, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.
Date published: 2023-05-26
Director(s): Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote
Actor(s): Lulu Wilson, Seann William Scott, Denise Burse, Jill Larson, Courtney Gains, Michael Sirow, Aaron Dalla Villa, Matt Angel, Kate Siegel