‘The Wrath of Becky’ Fearlessly Outdoes the Original
The following review was written by Ultimate Rabbit correspondent, Tony Farinella.
I vaguely remember watching 2020’s “Becky” when it was released through various digital platforms. Besides the brutal violence and seeing Kevin James as a Neo-Nazi, the film didn’t really leave a lasting impression on me as a viewer. When I heard they were going to make a sequel, “The Wrath of Becky,” I was intrigued for two reasons: Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott. Wilson is a tremendous young actress who shows maturity beyond her years, and Scott has shown a knack recently for playing chilling and unsettling villains. I figured it was worth giving it another go around, and I’m happy to report “The Wrath of Becky” is lightyears better than the first film.
When the film introduces us to Becky a few years later, she has an edge to her after the traumatic events of the previous film. She’s sarcastic, matter-of-fact, and she doesn’t suffer fools lightly. She has been bounced around from group home to group home. Eventually, she decides to rent out a room with an older African-American woman who takes in strangers and is dealing with her own sense of loss. Her name is Elena, played by Denise Burse. One night while waitressing, Becky runs into a group of men who call themselves the Noble Men. They are a white supremacist militia group with bad intentions. After she spills coffee on one of them, they follow her back to Elena’s house, where they proceed to kill Elena and take Becky’s dog Diego.
Now, Becky is looking for two things: revenge and to get her dog back. The film uses an interesting technique where it will show the audience a violent sequence of what she is hoping to do, and then what she actually does. They use voiceovers for this as well, which was a nice touch. She communicates with the audience and lets us know what she’s thinking. They don’t overdo this, thankfully. The Noble Men are brought back to the house of one of their leaders named Darryl, played brilliantly by Seann William Scott. Scott and Wilson are the stars here, and Scott knows how to be unnerving and very intense without trying too hard. I remember him in a film called “Bloodline,” and he crushed it in that film. He’s really, really good at playing these low-key, calm, and sadistic villains.
The rest of the group consists of DJ (Aaron Dalla Villa), Anthony (Michael Sirow), and Sean (Matt Angel). Twig (Courtney Gains) is already with Darryl at the house. They have members all over the world, and they are looking to take down Senator Hernandez (Gabriella Piazza) at an upcoming town hall event. First, they have to deal with extreme girl scout Becky, and she is not one to back down from a fight, especially since they have her dog and they killed the one living person in the world she actually liked. From here, it’s a rather straight-forward film with Becky taking on these misogynist, hateful, and narrow-minded men. The characters are a little too on the nose at times, politically, but it works as a film like “The Wrath of Becky” is one where you are going to sit back and watch Becky destroy bad people in creative and brutal ways.
The film is not shy about its violence. It really goes for it. As with any sequel, especially one which relies on violence, they really up the ante here. They were also smart enough to keep the film under 90 minutes. We are reintroduced to Becky, find out what she’s up to, meet the villains, and then it’s time for the mayhem. It’s a formula, yes, but it’s a formula that works because Wilson is terrific at playing Becky. She’s a badass chick and easy to root for as the heroine. She also has a worthy adversary in Seann William Scott. The scenes with the two of them together are just brilliant.
In the end, you know what you are getting with “The Wrath of Becky” and what you have signed up for as an audience member. I could have done without the dog being involved, not because it offended me, but because it seemed to take a page out of other films, most recently “John Wick.” We have seen people try to avenge their dog when it has been captured or killed. The ending seems to hint that there might be another film or two still left in the “Becky” franchise. If they keep the budget low and stick to one location, which is basically what they did here, I see no reason why they can’t continue to make more of these films. Wilson is a star, and she deserves her own franchise. I look forward to seeing her take on more villains portrayed by quality actors in the future.
Should You See It?
The film is being released on May 26. I know there are a lot of movies to choose from at the box office right now. “The Wrath of Becky” is a nice change of pace, though, from the usual fare of blockbusters and franchises. It’s bloody, gory and very, very entertaining. As stated in my review, this film knows what it needs to do, it stays out of the way of its actors, and it’s a ton of fun. I truly enjoyed seeing Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott in a battle of wits. It’s way better than 2020’s “Becky,” as it moves at a faster pace, gets right to the meat of the matter, and it doesn’t hold back with its violent, in-your-face approach. I think it would be a lot of fun to watch on the big screen. It’s in limited release, but you can find it at a theater near you. I don’t think you will be disappointed if you enjoy blood, guts and have a sense of humor.
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