THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER REVIEWED
“The Childhood of a Leader” should’ve been a World War era take on “The Bad Seed”. However, something is brutally off. While scary kid movies are older than dirt, there’s a huge leap to make the kid scarier. When a director deals with alternate timelines and possible tyrants, there is no consequence to watching a bastard emerge. A fiction within a fiction is toothless for everybody that doesn’t exist in that world.
Scott Walker’s score is rather stunning, but I don’t see it getting any Awards recognition. Still, it provides a haunting backdrop for watching a clearly disturbed child float through a life of meaningless privilege. There are echoes of Mussolini, Hitler and others in his actions, but there will never be any final act. In effort by fragmenting a monster into a contained period of time, we watch banal evil contained in a snow globe of sorts. This film is quite worth picking up just to get a sense of what Corbet can do as a director. However, it’s not going to be for everyone. Also, who has to get slapped to get Berenice Bejo cast in an Omen remake already?
- 1.66:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1