Apparently there are many of these Conjuring movies out there but I only knew of this one, so when #RIPXII came around I quickly added it to my list of movies to see. I am sharing the review here so I can post it on the RIP XII review site.
The Conjuring is the perfect horror movie. It includes all of the good stuff: a scary old house, lots of spirits, jump scares, and pretty good acting by Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson. This move has very little gore. It’s mostly very suspenseful with a lot of “surprises” to make you jump out of your skin. The story isn’t bad either:
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. ~ IMDb
Sometimes these types of movies are throw aways where you watch them once and move on, but I could see myself owning a copy and I can for sure see myself watching the other movies in the franchise.
As with most movies, I was late to the party with this one. Which kind of surprised me only because I was pretty sure I’d run out to see the movie right after finishing the book. My review of the book wasn’t all glowing unicorns and daffodils but I did appreciate the page-turning aspect of the story.
Recently, while cleaning out my kitchen drawers I decided to watch the movie and it was the perfect movie for that type of activity. It had the same feel as the book, but I felt that Amy’s character is handled a bit better on film.
For those who don’t know what it’s about. Amy Dunne goes missing and her husband Nick is the #1 suspect. But is he? As the detectives work the case and as we follow Amy’s journal entries, the story of what happened and what is about to happen begins to break through.
Just like the book, these characters are not likable but Nick is more likable on film than in print. Perhaps, the director softened him up a little because it’s hard to feel anything for two unlikable characters. Whatever the reason, I felt it was a good choice. Plus, Nick is played by Ben Affleck and I’ve always liked him.
Amy. She is a piece of work. Rosamund Pike’s performance is pretty good. I literally could not stand her calculating ways.
There are some gruesome scenes. I don’t remember any from the book but there is one in the movie and it’s kind of tough to watch. I’m not sure it was even needed. Be warned.
The ending is different from the book but not in a bad way. It felt a little more real than the book. I read the book some time ago but when the credits rolled I was like, huh, that’s interesting.
In the end, I think I liked it much more than the book. Have you read the book and/or seen the movie?