Flash Movie Review: The Conjuring 2

The reason I enjoy a good suspenseful horror film is to experience the visceral emotions they produce inside of me. It is an adrenaline rush that gives me more energy; I find it comparable to the testing of the security alert system they do periodically on the radio. I feel a good fright from time to time keeps the body tuned up for life’s daily challenges. In the comfort of my theater seat I know what I am watching on screen has no actual bearing on my daily life. What I am seeing is not real to me so I know the feelings I experience during the movie are fleeting. I have been fortunate and hope I never have to personally experience actual horrors in my lifetime. I do not see how I could not mention the horrific tragedy that took place in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. It seems trivial for me to sit here and talk about a horror movie when I know many lives have been affected by the nightclub shootings. I am uncomfortable writing my review today when I know whatever things I mention about this film seem almost ridiculous to the realities of life presently. No matter the event, I am sure each of us has encountered some form of horror. Let us face it, life can be challenging. I thought I was done seeing the ugliness humans can inflict once I settled into middle age. Sadly it is not the case and in my opinion it appears to have increased in size. May love, kindness and acceptance for each other make us strong during this time. Thank you for listening to me; I felt I had to acknowledge the reality before delving into my escape into this picture.   STRUGGLING as a single parent raising her children Peggy Hodgson, played by Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bedazzled), did not know what was happening to her daughter Janet, played by Madison Wolfe (The Campaign, Joy). Her daughter’s actions would affect the entire family. This sequel grabbed the viewer immediately thanks to director James Wan (Saw franchise, Furious 7). Multiple scenes were ideally set-up to produce suspenseful results. Another reason why I was drawn into this movie was due to Vera Farmiga (Source Code, Up in the Air) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Watchmen) as Lorraine and Ed Warren. They really pulled as much as they could from the script which at times got bogged down in a repetitive mode. I felt the story went on too long; they could have cut out a couple of scenes that were just there to show another example for a similar event. From the first film I knew this story was based on a true story, but I had a hard time believing it because of the things I saw in this sequel. Yet when at the end of the film they showed the actual people the actors portrayed, it made for an eerie feeling inside of me. It is not often a sequel is better than the first film but overall this movie provided a good escape from the horrors of reality.

 

2 ¾ stars     

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 13, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Going to see it this week. Thanks for this. 😊

    • Oh good, do tell me what you thought about this film. Thank you for the comments.

      • It was quite good, I thought. The actors were all believable and that lent to the credibility in my opinion. It had just the right amounts of fright and remedy without going overboard on the scare tactics or focusing entirely on remedies. The good versus evil plot is ancient but the way good won was totally engaging. I would rate it a 7 out of ten, maybe even 8. Okay, so 7.5 is my final answer lol

      • Thank you for sharing your views and your “final answer” 7 1/2. lol

  2. Saw it over the weekend. We enjoyed it. Good review 🙂

  3. I rather enjoyed the first movie – far more than I expected – so I’m glad this sequel is actually better in your opinion. I will eventually check it out.

  4. I understand the complete horror of what happened, but feel bad for Christina Grimmie’s family who hardly got any mention (Christina was killed in Orlando the night before this event after her concert signing photographs) after it got overshadowed by this tragedy. One or 50, it is a profound loss. I know many more get murdered every day, but Christina’s death has made my teenage daughter cry for two days now, as she was a huge fan of hers. RIP to all who have lost their lives to senseless murders. Thanks for hearing me out. xo

    • Absolutely right, every life is precious and this environment where politicians are afraid to touch our gun laws is such a crime. I always look forward to your comments, thank you especially for this one today. I hope your daughter finds comfort soon.

      • Thank you so much. She is reeling from it all. She’s too young to have her first idol ripped from her life at such a young age. Grimmie was only 23. My daughter started following her on YouTube in 2012 and played her song Titanium the next year at her piano recital. Too young to die like that. xoxo

  5. I admire your desire to not write the review given the current state of affairs in Florida, huge respect to you for that and your review albeit short and sweet does give one the desire to venture out and go see it as I too enjoy a good horror movie in the theatres provided that someone doesn’t have the audacity to be on their phone or talk all the way through it to which “the Horror, the Horror” from me would then commence! lol Thank you for your honest reviews and admirable ratings! Cheers form Canada!

    • It is a pleasure meeting you; thank you for your comments. Like you it is a horror when people are texting or talking on their phones during a movie. If you see this film I would enjoy hearing your take on it. Once again thank you for your kind words.

      • I will letcha know if I end up seeing it, I’m old school and can’t go to the movies by myself, have to have someone join me in the experience ya know? Plus it’s a QUIET social thing involving popcorn which is my favourite junky/snacky food sooooo…. lol

      • You are too funny; I on the other hand prefer no one eat during the movie. Thanks for the comments again.

      • In a way I agree with you, and the fact that people do tend to be very noisy opening up things. True. But I just can’t help myself, must have popcorn lol

      • Eat away, each person has to make the most of their time at a movie theater.

  6. Oh God, this looks too scary!

  7. Just saw it few days ago and really enjoyed. I liked the Hodgson family from the start and Ed and Lorraine are both adorable characters. And if Ed sang, then how he looked his wife… Can’t Help Falling In Love is now in my playlist. 🙂
    It’s one of these few horrors movies which leaves you the good feeling if you leave the cinema. 🙂
    Great review btw! 😀

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