FilmMusic Magazine Review of BECKY!

“After a horde of killer kids in “Cooties,” directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion reduce their number to one named “Becky,” who’s given very good reason to unleash “Home Alone” hell on the white power interlopers who picked the wrong day to search her isolated house for treasure.  Nima Fakhrara, fresh off his last house hostage thriller “Survive the Night” (featuring O.G. die-harder Bruce Willis) handles a thirteen year-old whom John McClane has nothing on, let alone the karate kid from “Barry.” Leading “Becky” off with a rocking, war-whooping theme, Fakhrara gives the girl a batshit, industrially attuned score full of berserker rage to. Yet there’s a tender piano melody inside of her barbed wire synth anger as well, which gives just a bit of emo weight to “Becky’s” music as it hammers in the Nine Inch Nails, rulers, outboard motor and any other scum-killing instrument that Fakhrara can get his hands on. But what makes “Becky” more than a kill fest is how her character is fueled with the anger of bereavement to begin with, a haunting empathy heard with children’s musical toys and voice that’s about the ghost of her mom-bereaved past, one whose anger is ripe to be re-channeled. Warping electronics has certainly been a forte of Fakhrara in previous scores like “The Signal” and “Detroit Become Human,” and here he has true field day of growling, shrill synths, warped percussion, feedback and metallic string sampling that makes tonal harshness into a thing of visceral beauty. With vocal rhythm recalling Graeme Revell’s “Dead Calm,” Fakhrara mixes stalking beats with a frenzy of percussion, his scream motif delighting in the punishment. But no matter how crazed “Betty’s” score might get, one can always hear the inventive complexity of its madness and the gear that’s gone into it from toy synths to a personally constructed steel water phone. It all calls up ear-bashing, revenge-sploitation scoring as emo-electro insanity that conveys the idea of childhood lost in berserker musical rage that’s supremely satisfying.”

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