The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It
If I were to ask you which is your favourite horror film from the 21st Century, then probably most of you will opt for The Conjuring part 1. This is not yo say that there wern’t any other films that were good in the horror genre but it is simply due to the vast popularity of the film that opened a whole new universe. So not only did the film translate into a franchise but it also gave way to the Annabelle franchise and The Nun which truely signifies the popularity of the film. But the one complaint that I had was that none of the other films in the same horrorverse, could match up to the horror elements of the first film. The first film had a right concoction of atmospherics coupled with jump scares, the ones following it tried to barely cash in on the first film by replicating the used template. That said, The Conjuring Part 2 was still pretty good, does The Conjuring Part 3 aka The Conjuring : The Devil Made Me Do It live up to the massive expectations, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Loosely based on a true incident, The Conjuring 3 is the third chapter in the lives of the famous exorcists The Warrens who yet again encounter an evil spirit who will stop at nothing to pull a soul to hell for the devil. But this one is also a whodunnit in a certain way. The story has all the ingredients of being a lip smacking snack in the horror genre. But the screenplay is designed to unfold like a thriller although it does have ample “horror” moments. To be honest, it does tread the tried and tested path in the horror space. So there are many jump scares every now and then instead of creating the atmospherics of a classic horror. The opening sequence though is well designed and sets the ball rolling for the mystery to unfold. There are a few twists along the way including a massive one towards the end, but the way these were written, it does mellow the impact of it. Somehow, the fear which should have been instilled in the audience is missing(or was it just me?). As the investigation unfolds there are a few sequences that do manage to hold your attention. However to nullify it, the screenplay does drag through the middle. In other words, the screenplay is just about average.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are adequate nothing much to shout about. The BGM is good but at times excessively used which is often a guilty pleasure of the makers to overcompensate for the drama. The cinematography is good and production design and needs to be given credit where due. Director Michael Chaves just misses the mark and you can clearly see the different between the 1st two Conjurings which was directed by the prolific James Wan. He does let things float and doesn’t quite have a grip on the barrative despite a crisp runtime. Just about average direction that nosedives in the dying minutes of the film.
The performances do manage to save the day to an extent. Newbies to the franchise Sarah Catherine Hook as Debbie and Ruairi O’Connor as Arne do a pretty good job particularly the latter. John Noble as Kastner has his moments. But the film is shouldered by the Warren couple. Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren is terrific to watch. His act is extremely balanced and he is brilliant particularly in that final sequence in the climax. Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren is such a natural onscreen. She is probably the pick of the actors for me. The two of them do a lot of the heavy lifting and so they deserve distinction marks to hold the drama together.
The Conjuring 3 is just another average horror flick filled with jump scares and another film that is “just” added to the popular Conjuring Franchise. Available on HBO max.