The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Purely Joyful Movie!
I'll tell you why so serious
Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast
It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
Supernatural sequel The Conjuring 2 is a fictionalised account of the Enfield Poltergeist, which allegedly terrorised the occupants of a council house in Enfield, England in 1977. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who, having decided to take a break from investigating ghosts and demons after the trauma of Amityville, agree to travel to England in a purely observational capacity. Of course, they become far more involved than they originally intended once they see the plight of the family involved, single mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor), and her four children, Janet (Madison Wolfe), Margaret (Lauren Esposito), Billy (Benjamin Haigh) and Johnny (Patrick McAuley), all of whom have had enough of their unwanted ghostly house-guest.At 134 minutes, The Conjuring 2 is about half an hour too long, and often feels like it is dragging its heels: there's only so many times that we need to see furniture being tossed around or the kids waking up to experience supernatural shenanigans. That said, the film is a serviceable sequel that should please fans of the original and those interested in the paranormal, partly because it is loosely based on fact (with the emphasis on 'loosely'), and partly because James Wan has had loads of practise when it comes to creepiness, the director conjuring up (pun intended) plenty of atmosphere and some well crafted scares. A solid cast also contribute to the film's effectiveness, with youngsters Wolfe and Esposito faring particularly well as the Hodgson sisters, who suffer the most from the haunted happenings.At the end of the day, the film doesn't do anything to rewrite the rules of the genre, but it's a slight improvement over the original. I was entertained enough to want to see what further sequels and spin-offs might hold (the latest being the forthcoming The Nun, which is based on the demon that is causing all the trouble in this film).
This sequel to the hugely successful first conjuring had its moments. However there were a few silly moments that just didn't hit the mark! Good acting again by the two main actors. 6/10
Supernatural sleuths Ed and Lorraine Warren take on another case, this time helping a single-parent Mum in Enfield whose daughter appears to be subjected to nastiness from someone who died in the house."Based On True Events." Well, OK. This is not a statement I have much faith in at the best of times and I have even less in the case of supernatural films, much as I might enjoy the movie.There was a reasonably well documented "Enfield Poltergeist". This film fictionalises, augments, and treats the thing as a genuine supernatural manifestation. It should be noted that the movie, while using some real names, locations and alleged events, is otherwise entirely fictional.Which doesn't mean it's not a good horror film, because it is. It has a stealthy growth of dread, and some genuinely scary moments of which only a couple are accompanied by abrupt blaring orchestral hits. The house interiors are grim (but Dad left, and Mum has no money, so that's OK), and the exteriors are battered by too much torrential rain (and rain which rather too obviously comes from overhead rain gantries, and is there really that much water in Enfield basements?), but the down-at-heel suburbia setting is effectively atmospheric nonetheless.Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise the Warrens from The Conjuring, but this film belongs to Madison Wolfe, 13 when this was filmed. I was going to sing the praises of a young British actress, but she is a Louisiana native delivering a perfect suburban London accent as part of a terrific performance of a terrified, haunted, and possibly possessed, child.As horror films go, this one is quite good.
This film delivers, from start to finish. There are literally dozens of scares in this film but some how, unlike many other films, it seems to work, keeping you riveted and keeps on working right until the end. An audience can only endure so many "jump scares" before becoming jaded whilst watching any film and even though it has it's fair share of those, the atmosphere overall is well beyond and above allowing you to sit there counting the number of jump scares or even judging it harshly in any way. It's simply not a film that can be judged in any way by the number of obvious scares it throws at you but beyond that it even, it addresses the supernatural in a way that you have been yearning for yet still, even whilst shoving it in your face, still delivers and keeps you on the edge of your seat without becoming bored right until the end. There aren't a lot of films in my opinion that have been able to do that in the past without coming across as tacky and tiresome before the end. Masterful, creative, intuitive, interesting and just down right scary. One of my all time top 3 horrors for sure. I'd give it a ten... but nothing in this life, or the next, is perfect but this is as close as you'll get ;) Can't wait for The Conjuring 3