THE BOOK OF HENRY
OUT now / CERT 12a / 105 Mins director Colin Trevorrow cast Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Maddie Ziegler, Dean Norris HOW DO YOU follow up the fourth-highest grossing film of all time? If you are Colin Trevorrow, you go from Jurassic World to
The Book Of Henry, an intimate drama that switches into a suspense thriller. When child genius Henry (Lieberher) suspects girl-nextdoor Christina (Ziegler) is being abused, he comes up with an action plan, all documented in a beautiful hand-drawn book. In the first, more successful half Trevorrow sketches a Spielbergverse — kids, bikes, absent dads — in engaging strokes and builds interesting, believable characters. But with that sharp left-turn into thriller territory, Trevorrow lands on an overwrought tone that would have felt OTT in a ’90s DTV movie. It’s trashy fun, but undoes the good work that preceded it.