Spoiler Space: Spoiler space: The Book Of Henry

Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.

It’s doubtful that anyone going into The Book Of Henry expects the movie to execute a Psycho-style rug-pull—that is, to kill off its title character and apparent protagonist in the first 30 or so minutes. But no, whiz kid Henry abruptly succumbs to an undiagnosed brain tumor, leaving his mom, Susan, to discover the notebooks and cassette tapes that detail the crimes of Mr. Sickleman, their next-door neighbor, as well as Henry’s attempts to have them investigated and his plan to kill the man by shooting him with a sniper rifle from the tree fort. There is a lot of potential to this twist—like say, the reaction that a real human parent might have to discovering that the 11-year-old whose death they are still grieving was plotting to …

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