I cannot realistically assess this film the way I normally would. The Conjuring is technically a nice take on an ageing genre. My problem is the trailer spoils every single major in the entire film. That is the problem with many trailers these days. However, I’m not someone who lets that kind of thing stop me from enjoying what I can honestly says is a very good film.
Apparently based off a true story, The Conjuring follows the Perrons who have just moved house and after noticing strange things in the house they seek help from paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The plot is very interesting and there is plenty of suspense in between the quieter moments, but the only real problems comes near the end when after an unbearably tense sequence it fails to move into the climax correctly. It feels like there’s no in-between as it goes from this particularly disturbing scene to the end confrontation with the main villain. The films greatest strength is how it sort of teases the audience with something being there, but then not showing anything, leaving it to the audiences imagination what could have happened. This is why the climax is so effective because we are finally shown the monster.
The special effects employed in the film are very good and they do a marvelous job of carrying the story during the scenes that the trailer sucked all of the tension out of. Really I could actually sit here and tell you all day about how good I thought the effects were, but they are all done a frightful disservice by how the trailer spoils everything. Ultimately it doesn’t matter whether you have top of the class or bottom of the barrel effects if the film lack suspense which The Conjuring doesn’t. It was an excellent decision to save the best for the very end and it just sucks how much of the overall effect is damaged if you know what is going to happen.
Now if you had all of the major scares ruined for you then the best part of the film is the cast chosen for the roles. Vera Farmiga plays the role of Lorraine Warren who is probably the most interesting person in the entire film as she and her husband fight to save the Perron family. Her husband Ed Warren is portrayed expertly by Patrick Wilson who steals the show somewhat every time he and Vera Farmiga are on the screen together. Now while we get to know the Warren’s pretty well, thanks to their portrayal the Perron family are a little dull by comparison. Okay they were based on real people, but really we don’t find out anything about them. Fortunately they are not bad people so it is actually very easy to sympathize with them and hope that they make it. I can forgive a lack of information on characters if they are pleasant and the kind of people the audience can root for and the main characters are those kind of people.
In reality The Conjuring is a great film and deserves the praise it received. The thing is when the trailer spoils everything you lose interest. I would have liked to learn more about the Perrons and see a more fluid move into the climax. However, this is a very good film all in all because of the sympathetic portrayal of the characters and the way in which the creators have refreshed an ageing genre.