The Nun is the last long-awaited chapter of the cinematic franchise The Conjuring, and the spin-off of The Conjuring 2. As we understand from the title, this film focuses on Valak, a demon that manifests itself in the form of a nun in the second The Conjuring and that we had also seen in Annabelle: Creation.
Honestly, the film did not convince me at all.
It’s a film full of clichés, repetitions, absurdities, religious symbols and jump-scares, but there are too many.
I believe that the biggest flaw of The Nun is the reason why it was made: make money. All movies want to be successful at the box office, let’s get real. Cinema is first and foremost an industry, but there are those films made very quickly and brought to the theaters even faster that they only serve to make money without looking at quality. Look at all the superhero movies that come out. Their task is only to make money at the box office, and 90% of cases succeed, but with qualitative results sometimes very poor. And The Nun is the same. It’s a film made to bring all the fans of The Conjuring back to the theater, and in fact it’s a commercial success, but qualitatively it’s not a successful film, just for the haste with which it was made, which led to blunders, mistakes and things said bad.
The plot of the film is soon told. In 1952 in Romania, a nun was found hanged in front of an abbey entrance. The most obvious thing is that she committed suicide. The Vatican, aware of this news, sends to investigate Father Burke, a priest specialized in exorcism, and Irene, a novice, that is, a nun who has not yet taken the vows. Arrived in this castle (because it is a castle), they immediately notice something wrong. There are strange paranormal manifestations and Irene sees a nun who does not give off anything sacred. In this case, the nun. Our two bold heroes will begin an investigation that will take them to face Valak and discover the origins of the castle. Plot quite banal and that very reminiscent of The Conjuring.
But the problem is not only the story quite trivial, but the way in which it was written, or the script. As I always say, writing is not important what is said, but how it is said. So, even this story that is certainly seen and reseen, if written well could offer many novelties. A good example of this is The Shape Of Water, which, although presenting a simple story, is anything but trivial.
The Nun, however, winks at the previous chapters of the franchise, so much that the film opens with clips of The Conjuring 2, and takes a lot from them. Although there are interesting things, for example I liked the first scene, even its direction, but we’ll talk about this later; there are too many things that do not work.
First of all, the symbols of the Christian religion. I already hear someone say to me: “Oh well, it’s a film called The Nun”. And it is true, as it is true that religious symbols have been seen in the previous chapters, but I believe that too much is bad. And here the symbols are really, really many. We do not limit ourselves to the crucifixes, to Our Lady, we even end up in the blood of Christ, making sure that we fall into the ridiculous.
There are plot holes. It seems like the things in this movie have to go that way. Sister Irene, at the beginning of what should be the finale, knows everything. We do not know how. Before she knew nothing, now she knows everything. “They told me that …”, but no one has ever said anything like it. She seems to know that and that’s it. Five minutes ago she was in the dark, then she sees the light. Ridiculous.
There are also absurd things, that could have been interesting, if the film wasn’t written with the ass. Valak’s origins are explained in a few minutes, and it’s full of absurd things. The story is absolutely not credible. I did not even find a meaning in Valak. The nun does things in this film not well specified. It appears, try to scare, but nothing more, if not at the end. But the big problem is that she does things that seem to hinder her own plan, because yes, Valak apparently has a plan. The nun sabotages herself.. The ending was stupid and brilliant at the same time, and also a bit trash, but at least it makes sense. There are so many things unexplained, as, for example, why does Father Burke not see a nun but a child? And the pentacle? Perhaps, if they had lost some time explaining, those things that seemed absurd could have a meaning and a “rational” explanation. But no.
And we close with the screenplay with the last point, which makes us understand the why of the others. The film is full of jump-scares. There are millions of them. And they make the film repetitive. The realization of the story is abandoned to create entire scenes, even consecutive, of jump-scares, which are not scary. Because in total, only five or six make you jump, but the others do not. One, because some are in the trailer; two, they are very predictable; three, they are all the same. We see a nun turn around and then disappear about twenty times. As we see Valak so many times, that in the end it is no longer afraid, if it ever was.
So the film is repetitive, not so scary and sometimes so ridiculous to make people laugh, a bit because there is humor, a little bit because there are some scenes that should be serious, but in reality they are ridiculous.
Since the film is so repetitive, direction can only be repetitive itself. Corin Hardy always uses the same camera movements for jump-scares. He moves the camera, brings it back to where it was before and now there’s a nun, or it’s gone. Slow-motion to no end. But I found some directorial choices interesting and also a bit virtuous. I spoke to you before about the initial scene, which I liked very much. As well as the scenes in which all the sisters are in the chapel to pray, both the first and the second. Only that there are few of these choices that go beyond the usual standard. But if the film is supported a little is only thanks to Hardy.
Of the technical department there is not much to say except that it was very poor, especially the CGI. Beautiful music, though.
Great Taissa Farmiga, the most beautiful thing I found in this movie.
So, I do not recommend the film. If you want advice for a horror, watch “Hereditary”
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