The recent Halloween works fine when Michael is killing people. It's undeniably fun. But it's also contrived and feels like lazy writing when the vast vast majority of victims are unlikable and irritating.Ya' know, that's probably one of the reasons why I could enjoy it. Those characters that I also found annoying, were killed in a very satisfying manner.
You see, I quite liked Lynda, Annie and Lindsey from the original Halloween. I'm not saying that made their deaths tragic in the same way Santino's death in The Godfather is tragic, but it definitely elicited a reaction other than 'ave it you cunt!'
I mean there's several sub-plots. The podcasters, Dr Sartain, Strode's family issues, Allyson's relationship with Cameron etc. Often times it felt like a melodrama when Michael wasn't on screen.And for me, I didn't find the movie trying to be too clever with the plot / characters. It remained almost as simple as the first.
JC's film is a man in a mask terrorising Haddonfield.