Release Date: September 7, 2018.
Budget Box-Office: $22M/ $330.2M
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Bonnie Aarons etc.
The Nun tells the tale of the fan-favorite demon that stole the show in ‘The Conjuring 2’. But it’s ironic that Valak doesn’t get to shine that much in her own solo outing.
It won’t be farfetched for one to enter the movie theater expecting to be scared to sh*ts by the face of what’s arguably the scariest fictional demon, but surprisingly we don’t get to see much of Valak’s true face until the final act. She/him/it spends most of the movie shrouded in darkness, causing scares from distances.
Facials aside, The Nun tried, successfully, to pull out genuine scare(s) from viewers every now and then. The actress who brought Valak (Bonnie Aarons) to life did a good job… Her charisma still gets props for doing a good job.
The main question I’m sure you might be wondering is if The Nun is a great movie?
Well, I wouldn’t call it great. It being the weakest entry in the franchise still doesn’t make it a bad movie.
I just believe it could’ve been better. It should’ve featured more of Valak’s face (I know it sounds silly 😁) and really give us a motivation for Valak’s actions. Now, I know some people might be gearing up to counter my last point by saying something along the line of what other motivation would a demon need asides wanting to possess people for the fun of it to further the expansion of the world below, but I believe as a character, even demons need motivations to explain their actions.
On a plus side, I genuinely liked the way the movie connected to the larger Conjuring’ universe. The appearance of Ed and Lorraine made me happy, even though it lasted only seconds.
I mustn’t fail to commend Taissa Farmiga’s performance as Sister Irene; she was one of the bright spots of the film for me, every moment she was on screen was a delight to behold.
The Nun definitely isn’t winning any critical acclam for being anything near outstanding, but it’s sure to draw an occasional smirk on your face if you’re a die-hard horror film lover, and a resounding ovation if you’re a casual filmgoer. I believe that’s fair.
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5