I went into "Wish Upon" fully realizing that it would not be good, but I do sometimes enjoy laughing at cheesy horror films. This film was even worse than I expected, so much so that I didn't even find myself enjoying it for its badness.
The story of this film is absolutely awful. it is thoroughly clichéd. There is not a single turn in this film that isn't completely predictable. The film uses some of the characters for the worst clichés in the book. For example, Asian characters are introduced only to explain the asian culture. There is also the desperate attempt at the end of the film to start a franchise. That isn't even the worst sin committed by the film, though. The worst part is that it is boring. I didn't find the film to be particularly suspenseful, and that is in part to the fact that I didn't sympathize with any of the characters except for one. Obviously, the formulaic nature of the film didn't help either. The dialogue also gets extremely cheesy and preachy at times.
The execution of the film is mediocre. The cinematography is all over the place, and the visual effects are awful. The acting is terrible, for the most part. It seems like Joey King is trying, but she usually ends up overacting. Shannon Purser, better known for her role as Barb in "Stranger Things", was horrible. Ki Hong Lee was playing a stereotype, and he overacted the stereotype by far. The film also didn't have enough practical effects.
Overall, there are very few redeeming qualities to "Wish Upon". It feels like a worse, sanitized version of "Final Destination".
Big Tuna's Rating: F+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I certainly hope not.
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