Jamie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watched on Blu-ray
I totally understand why some people prefer this movie to the original In a lot of ways, this is the defining Nightmare movie. This is the film that establishes the Freddy Krueger people are most familiar with. To me it's still not as strong as the simple and effective original, but it's still great. The script is quite strong, while there may be a lot of clunky dialogue the characters are well realized and the concept is fantastic. Chuck Russell's direction and the special effects are really great and so creative, although it's clear Russell is still honing his craft here. He won't truly shine until his work on The Blob and The Mask.
The big drawback of the film are the poor performances across the board, which is an issue throughout the franchise. With a few exceptions such as a young and underused Laurence Fishburne and of course Robert Englund, everybody is laughably bad. It's hard to ignore, but every other aspect is so great that it's easy to deal with.