I recently rewatched this film, having originally seen it during its theatrical run and was curious to see if it held up to how much I remember loving it… Let me tell you, The Conjuring is a fantastic piece of motion pictureness and it exceeded what I remember.
I truly believed the love this family had for each other and could tell these people have had their fair share of hardships they had to overcome. Surprisingly, the child acting was rather pleasant and not annoying, an issue that seems to plague many horror films or film in general. Ron Livingston had a good portrayal of a hard-working father & husband, however there were a few times where I thought he could’ve improved a little bit. [SPOILER] dude, your wife/mother of your 5 children is potentially going to violently murder your child.. Would it kill you to put a little umph in your pleads??
The pairing of Patrick Wilson/Vera Farmiga was brilliant, you could tell these two have been through some shit and they know whether a situation is relevant to their work or simply some shotty pipe work in the attic making noise.
James Wan really showcased his directing chops as well, the amount of talent this guy possesses is ridiculous. He manages to create a refreshing take on what could have easily been a by-the-numbers paranormal flick, beautifully direct the 7th installment of a franchise that faced arguably the most difficult situation one could possibly face, and will now helm a superhero movie with Khal Drogo in the water… James, whatever MJ water you’re drinking, keep it up! The Conjuring really is directed beautifully with not too many BOOMWHUPPAH! scenes that make you say DAMN IT in frustration rather than scream in terror; it had just the right amount of tension & build up paired with the occasional jump scare that actually helped to enhance the film rather than hinder it.
If you’re looking for a horror film you may not have seen yet and would like to be feel actual suspense & thrill, watch The Conjuring this Halloween.. If anything, you can swoon over Patrick Wilson’s perfect sideburns. Boy, that man has some amazing sideburns..
The Conjuring receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.