Nanny is a film that weaves emotions of the past, present, and future. It displays a juxtaposition of what is right and wrong when dealing with tough situations. Nanny is filled with positive vibes in its opening. Just moments after that though, it begins to heighten with disagreements. The anxiety of the characters in Nanny become strong and harrowing mental terror is visually portrayed. Nanny soars with tension in various moments. The film, however, is not great because its continuity is miscalculated.
Nanny’s plot is played out in New York City. The film introduces us to Aisha, played by Anna Diop. Aisha is an immigrant who is hired to be a nanny by Amy, played by Michelle Monaghan, and Adam, played by Morgan Spector. They put her in charge of watching their daughter Rose, played by Rose Decker. Aisha loves her job taking care of Rose. It distracts her from the many troubles of her own past. The mood for Aisha starts to shift when Amy begins to fall behind on paying her. Aisha finds herself having to talk to Adam behind Amy’s back. As the miscommunication starts getting out of hand, Aisha’s own reality begins to tarnish. Her tensions remind her of the past, and she finds herself mentally losing control. As disagreements begin to intensify with all the parties involved, the more the terror evolves.
Aisha’s frustrations with Amy and Adam are what causes her anxiety to spin out-of-control. It is the same way for Amy. As Amy keeps putting off the payments for Aisha, Nanny gets more vivid with strange illusions. The scary imagery of Aisha’s past keeps haunting her, and it begins to impact her job performance with Rose. The outcomes Aisha’s behavior become irreparable and surreal. Nanny proves its point of consequence by creatively showing what is in Aisha’s mind. The trail of Aisha’s past is not forgotten, so Rose may be in danger under Aisha’s care. Nanny lures its viewers by utilizing tracks of strange imagery tied to Aisha’s emotions. I found this utterly gnarly.
Nanny is an invigorating film with a captivating plot. I found it lacking because of how over-done Aisha’s mental images are. For example, there is a moment where she envisions something horrific in a swimming pool. Was this supposed to be an evil mermaid-type of omen? Isthis a psychological movie trying to be a version of The Shape of Water (2017)? If so, its fantasy moments like this were unappealing to me. The execution was mediocre and not of importance to Nanny’s central problem.
Despite the strange mermaid moment, Nanny makes sense thanks to its underlying tensions. It is the mental horrors where the film crosses the line. Perhaps the goal was to make the audience feel like it is a fantasy. Unfortunately, it is not one. Instead, it is a film about a lady trying to make an income, while also trying to get her life together after a harsh past. Sadly, the creative process causes this film to go way overboard.
My explanation to help put this film into context is that Nanny falls under the genres of horror and thriller. It is more psychological terror mixed with exaggerated emotions. The film does not know when to stop adding more elements. The over-exaggerations are what causes Nanny to be just mediocre and make the movie not make sense in certain moments. Two and a half stars for Nanny.