“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Horror: 1 hour, 52 minutes)
With: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Ruairi O’Connor
Director: Michael Chaves
Rated: R (Terror, violence and disturbing images)
Movie Review: Director Michael Chaves is back in horror filmmaking.
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is better than “The Curse of la Llorona” (2019), Chaves’ latest film and his first feature film in photography. As the âThe Conjuringâ franchise continues, more movies appear as an episode of âSupernaturalâ. At any moment, the Winchester brothers are expected to arrive to save the day.
Based on a court case in 1981, this outing led paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga) to attempt to prove that Arne Cheyenne Johnson was the victim of demon possession when he stabbed a multi-man man. times.
Johnson’s defense in court is that the devil forced him to do it. The Warrens’ search for a supernatural reason for the young man’s brutally violent explosion and other bizarre behavior leads them to the dark history of Brookfield, Conn.
The best question is who made the producers come back to this film. Demonic possession is not an adequate defense for the creation of this scenario. “The Devil Made Me Do It” might have been a better movie if the movie had stayed with a more simplistic plot.
Instead, writers focus on side stories. They move away from Warrens love affair, acts of witchcraft, and even possessed zombies. Because of these and other elements, this film, based on an actual court case and the Warrens’ records, seems like a powerful stretch.
Plus, the plot needs focus. The court case should have been the center of attention, not the slightest side stories. The Warrens’ attempt to help Johnson’s demonic defense is the best part of the story, but it is less than some other subplots.
Compared to other “Conjuring” films, this one tries to bring a sense of reality to broaden the characters in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s film. If the couple’s real-life was this intriguing, you think it would inspire several movie franchises before. However, âThe Devil Made Me Do Itâ trivializes the work of the Warrens by turning their paranormal investigations into stereotypical horror scenes.
Grade: C + (It evokes fears, the good and the bad.)
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âSpirit Untamedâ (Animation / Adventure / Family: 1 hour, 28 minutes)
With: Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal and Walton Goggins
Directors: Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan
Rated: PG (violence and action adventure)
Film review: “Spirit Untamed” corresponds to the last part of its name. The first 30 minutes fail to establish the characters before the adventure begins. This first third of the story appears different from the rest. This is a mediocre sequel to âSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarronâ (2002) performed by traditional cel animation or hand drawn animation.
At the heart of this latest Spirit adventure, Lucky Prescott (Merced) is an exuberant girl who moves to the Old West with her Aunt Cora (Moore). They begin to live with Lucky’s estranged father Jim Prescott (Gyllenhaal), but the arrangement bores Lucky, an explorer like his mother.
Lucky soon finds adventure when she befriends a wild stallion named Spirit. Outlaw Hendricks (Goggins) and his cronies hunt down the alpha steed and his savage herd for monetary gain. Encouraged by Spirit, Lucky and his friends cross dangerous borders to save the horses.
It’s a family movie, but some of the concepts it teaches kids can be disadvantageous to parents. This film is about a young girl, with her friends, disobeying her aunt and her father. Clearly, this girl needs discipline and structure, so the start of this movie is annoying.
Lucky is old enough to know how to stay put when told, but she constantly puts herself in danger or destroys other people’s property through boredom. She is a spoiled child who needs discipline. Plus, she’s boring at first, so it’s hard to see her behave like an adult when she meets Spirit.
âSpirit Untamedâ gains wit and adventure in its final third, but the untamed preparation for these energetic adventure scenes is lackluster.
Grade: C- (An average mind.)
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Adann-Kennn Alexxandar has been a film critic for the Valdosta Daily Times for over 20 years.