The Nun Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Michael Smiley, Ingrid Bisu, Sandra Teles, August Maturo, Jack Falk, Lynnette Gaza
Director: Corin Hardy
What’s Good: It’s a horror film and at places it attempts to be like one! The camerawork & background score manages to create the eerie atmosphere
What’s Bad: Same thing that’s bad in usually every Hollywood horror flick – story!
Loo Break: The best thing about the film is it’s just over one and a half hour, apart from interval there shouldn’t be any need of a break
Watch or Not?: Heavily depends on your liking for such films! I’m a fan of Conjuring series but hate the Annabelle series, so you can judge it by my liking
The story starts in 1952 in St. Carta of Romania. As the title goes, we see couple of Nuns going to attempt an exorcism kind of things out which one attempts suicide. Body of the nun gets noticed by Maurice aka Frenchie, a French-Canadian farmer enjoying his vacation in Romania. The Vatican team sends Father Burke (Demian Bichir) to investigate the suicide who is joined by an aspiring Nun Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga).
Sister Irene, Father Burke & Frenchie explore various Gothic happenings in the church. They go on a mission to trap the evil inside the church & not let the outside world affected by it. Facing various ghostly activities, the trio back each other in order to stay alive. In a finale, our three leads get exposed to the real monster & how they face it is what the movie ends it. Also, it obviously has an open ending which very much shows how The Nun 2 will arrive.
The Nun Movie Review: Script Analysis
Gary Dauberman has penned the story getting some of the annotations by the monster-writer James Wan. Story isn’t as bad as the execution of it’s. There aren’t enough scares or even thrills for a horror film. That’s where it lacks & hence it’s just a well made film not a well made horror film.
A serious question to every director who has made a horror flick – what’s your obsession with the darkness? I mean, yeah, dark evokes more fear but it also evokes more perplexity even to a good scene. That’s what I loved about IT that how it dealt the horror in a broad daylight & there’s where it won. The Nun has many such scenes which deal with darkest shade of black & hence lessening the impact.
The Nun Movie Review: Star Performance
Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene is the best thing about the film. She delivers a sincere performance & lives up to the expectations. Even in the horror scenes she doesn’t leave her grip delivering balanced scenes. Demián Bichir as Father Burke is good. His accent is a drawback to his performance but visually he plays the role of a father with controlled expressions.
Jonas Bloquet as Maurice ‘Frenchie’ Theriault brings in the comical relief to the film. His character graph gets enough scope to fluctuate & he strikes the right chords. He has a very important scene towards the end which hints at his return.
The Nun Movie Review: Direction, Music
Corin Hardy manages to lay down a good-looking horror film. Only if he had brushed up the story towards the edges, it could’ve been this year’s IT. Corin impresses with his skills and hence should be retained for the future installments in this series.
Abel Korzeniowski, who did an outstanding work in Nocturnal Animals falls a bit short in this one. The background score is good at the places it’s required but it’s very bland at rest of the times.
The Nun Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, lack of horrific elements and moments for which such movies are known for make this one a very average watch. Skip if you hated Annabelle series and loved Conjuring, watch if you loved both.
The Nun Movie Trailer
The Nun Movie releases on 07th September, 2018.
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