Movie Monday: The Conjuring

The Conjuring tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigate a demonic haunting of a house in Rhode Island and the family of seven who have recently brought the house. Carolyn and Roger Perron and their five daughters notice a few odd occurrences, a nasty odour, framed pitures falling off the walls and Carolyn has bruises appear on her body. They are slowly more and more harassed by unknown elements which culminate in Carolyn being locked in a previous boarded off basement and their eldest daughter being attacked by an unseen force as she is trying to help one of her sisters who was sleep walking. It is at this point where Carolyn asks the Warren’s to come and help them, this is when it all kicks off…

I really enjoyed this movie, so much that me and my friend Stefan saw it twice (Stefan is a huge fan of this sort of movie, and the subject source). It has the heart stopping moments and the shock moments as well as the tender moments. I liked that there didn’t seem to be many CGI effects, this gave it a more raw feeling.

This is based on actual events, the people involved here went through all of these things and I know people are sceptical about it but I’m of the mindset that unless science has proved something exists or does not then it could be possible.
The script is very tidy and I did not notice any plot holes or inconsistencies any where and I am really liking James Wan as a director. The last few films of his I’ve seen have been good and each one seems to be getting stronger and stronger as he has built his portfolio.

The cast is really strong as well, each of the four main actors will probably be recognised by any movie fan out there. None of them are what I think of as superstars which I think helps make the movie feel more humble.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren and they play a couple really well, they look very natural together. As do Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor who play Roger and Carolyn Perron, they look very natural together and like Wilson and Farmiga you feel the devotion to each other.
This movie would not be as good without these four actors, but the rest of the cast do an incredible job as well. Shannon Kook is smooth and capable as the Warren’s assistant and John Brotherton plays a police officer (not sure why a police officer is needed but I’m sure there’s a good reason) who is very sceptical but also adds a little comic relief and has some good banter with Kook’s character.
I also need to mention Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy and Kyla Deaver who play the Perron’s daughters. Each of these girls are good and make it believable that they are sisters.

This film made me feel like I was there and part of what the characters were going through, not many films have had this effect on me. Not many films get so many things right but this one does, it feels like everything came together very well and we, the movie fans, reap the rewards.

One of my favourite movies of the year.

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