Angel’s Review of ‘The Conjuring 2’ (NON SPOILER 2)

Movie Description: 

“Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.”

I really enjoyed The first Conjuring. It was finally a horror film in recent times that strayed away from the lazy recycled formulaic jump scare overload that the rest of the genre has found itself stuck in. I love the horror genre and I always hope that each of the films have the ability to scare me, not just make me jump, but get under my skin. For example, the clap hands sequence in Conjuring has been instilled in my brain ever since! Did The Conjuring 2 have the same effect?! Let’s get started 🙂

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The Story:

I loved the story. It’s simple, quite similar to The Exorcist, yet feeling completely fresh. The way it was shot to create an eerie tone and build tension I thought was so innovative. Some things introduced through the story of these malicious spirits haunting this family were things I’ve never seen before in a horror film. It’s always great to have unique elements like that because it’s the new alarming things that keep me on the edge of my seat. I love seeing people help others who need to be protected, Loraine and Ed are the example of that aid to this family which is the main reasoned I loved the story whether they fail or not.

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Performances/Characters:

I loved some of the characters and enjoyed the rest! The three characters that I loved were Ed, Loraine, and Janet. For me, Ed and Loraine are characters I love in both films because they are pure of heart who put their lives and souls on the lines for others knowing that they could very well lose their own. The actors playing them (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) have such authentic chemistry! They put a smile on my face because with every look, gesture, touch, and word they exchange with one another, it gave me the impression that these actors worked hard to ensure that I believed they had a real interesting, strong, and healthy relationship.

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Janet stole the film in terms of performance. It came very close between her and Vera, but wow I was really impressed with her acting ability considering her young age. She is this vulnerable girl who is being haunted by this horrific spirit; fighting that battle while trying to accept the idea of being a person who doesn’t feel normal as she is avoided. Child actors can tend to be in the category of annoying or whiny, but she did an awesome job of showing several emotional layers, keeping me invested to figure out what was wrong with her while creeping me out.

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Direction:

I always think that a great director has to have the ability to get great performances from their actors while telling a focused story that flows very smoothly. That’s exactly what James Wan does. I appreciate him so much as a director and what he has contributed to the Horror Genre and Film. SAW….INSIDIOUS 1 & 2…THE CONJURING 1&2!! All those films I loved because he manages to tell a solid/interesting story, using his creative skill to build suspense through the camera lenses, while including great performances. I am extremely looking forward for his next small little tiny minuscule project called AQUAMAN!! Should be so epic!

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Did It Scare Me?

YES!! There were several sequences were my skin went cold and my spine was tingling. I absolutely love getting scared from films because I know it’s all fictional and safe! It’s an emotion that I usually don’t express and it’s so much fun to hear everyone else screaming or reacting with a jump! The jump scares weren’t the main source of fear, it was the sequences of unsettling imagery, movements, or sounds. One thing is for sure, the nun you will see in this film will never leave my mind. Extremely terrifying for me. Then again, horror is the most subjective genre, you might laugh at the sequences I got chills from haha, but see for yourself, either way it’s a great time.

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Theme:

I loved the theme! From what I interpreted, the message of the film was how important the power of trust can be. A leap of faith and trust is consistently emphasized in the film by different characters in order to convince others to fully assist the family being troubled by evil spirits. This can be reflected upon by each of us to allow ourselves to grow relationships with anyone, even strangers when they could use that leap of faith for some help or guidance. The other minor theme was to not isolate yourself or let others mentally harm you because you feel different. Embrace who you are because acceptance comes from within.

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Negatives:

Only negatives I would say I had for this film, are some character motivations, pacing, and feeling repetitive. It’s very hard to have characters in a horror film that make smart choices and not have the audience members think “DON’T GO IN THERE, WHY IS HE/SHE DOING THAT, WHAT ARE THEY DOING?!” It becomes cliché and creates a disconnection at least for me in the moment with the situation or character.

The pacing wasn’t as smooth as Wan’s other films, this movie was 2 hours and 4 minutes, but felt close to 2 hours and 45 minutes. The last think I mentioned was repetitive. What I mean by that is some horror sequences started off as spontaneous and caught me off guard, but once the tone would shift with creepy music and slow panel movement of the camera later on constantly, I knew we were getting a scene where something terrifying was about to happen. The execution of getting me scared was successful, I just wish it wasn’t as predictable.

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OVERALL, I loved this film and I got really creeped out! I loved the story, loved some characters while enjoying the rest, extremely satisfied with the performances, loved the themes, loved how disturbing some sequences were, loved the music and how it added to the eerie atmosphere, and loved the creative direction of James Wan. The cool thing about this movie too is that it’s a sequel that stands on it’s own. I definitely recommend seeing this on the big screen, especially with a significant other or a group of friends because it elevates the experience! I really appreciate you reading this so thank you very much. My rating for this film is 9.5/10! 🙂

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