'Annabelle Comes Home' Review
Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll. It serves as a sequel to 2014's Annabelle and 2017's Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, from a story co-written with James Wan. Wan also produced the film with Peter Safran. The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren from the Conjuring Universe.
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren lock the possessed doll in the artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room's evil spirits, it soon becomes an unholy night of terror for the couple's 10-year-old daughter, her friends, and their young babysitter.
Annabelle Comes Home was nothing more than a huge disappointment. It was another dull, poor, and lazy entry into the Conjuring universe. Out of the seven films in this franchise, only two have been great (both Conjuring films) and one was good (Annabelle Creation). Other than that, the films have all been disappointing.
Film after film, they make the same mistakes over and over. I understand making a film that just doesn't work, but it seems as if they're not trying to make a good film. For four films, they've practically done the same thing, and it never works.
I used to think the films didn't work because of the directors. James Wan did an amazing job with the two Conjuring films, but since then, nothing has come close directing wise. But now that I really look at the franchise as a whole, it becomes very clear that whoever's in charge isn't trying to make a great film.
I refuse to believe that a director would choose to use a formula that has failed time and time again. Four of the seven films have failed. Of those four, all of them have used the same failing formula.
All in all, the Conjuring cinematic universe has disappointed me. Mainly because these are films that don't really try to be good.
Annabelle Comes Home is the definition of what's wrong with this universe. It follows the same formula. It starts with introducing an entity, then we get a jump scare every once in a while, but nothing really happens. Then we get to the climax which is basically jump scare after jump scare, then the film ends. This is exactly what this film is.
It starts off promising then quickly falls off. The film really wasn't scary and it lacked tension, mainly because of how predictable it was. You can see the jump scare coming from a mile away, and it just takes you out of the film.
For a film called Annabelle, she was barely in it. Instead, they put a bigger focus on a new horned demon-like creature, and it's very obvious this new entity will be getting a spinoff very soon.
One thing I liked was the fact that the main characters all had depth and some kind of story, but it also disappointed me because it was barely used. One character in particular does something very stupid, but she's given meaning behind it, so you can understand her. Other than that, however, none of the depth given to these characters is used. It felt like a wasted opportunity.
Another thing the film did was add a comedic subplot. I didn't necessarily like it at the time, but after watching the entire film, it was definitely a bright spot. For a film that was struggling so much to build up tension, it felt like a strange move to put so much time into the comedy, but after watching this dull film, I can say it was one of the few entertaining things.
Overall, this was just a dull film. I was surprised by how boring it was. The film is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long, but when it was over, I was sure that over 2 hours had passed. There were only two scenes that I liked. The early scene with the Warrens, and one scene towards the end involving a colorful light and some shadows. However, other than that, nothing stuck out.
The entire film was so dull, cheap, lazy, uneventful, and boring. Annabelle Comes Home downright disappointed me.
The acting was one of the few bright spots in the film.
Mckenna Grace was great as the lead. She gave life to a character that at times felt a little lifeless, and one that I didn't think reached her full potential.
All three of the leads were great. They all felt perfect in their respective roles.
The acting was one of the few things the film actually got right.
The story was fine and they had a half decent premise, but the plot didn't work. Mainly due to the fact that it was practically non-existent. Nothing really happened in the film.
The film actually started off promising. They introduced the characters and gave them depth. The actual story starts off pretty early on. The first act was very promising and laid a solid enough foundation, but the second act completely flushed it down the toilet.
The film just slowed down to a complete stop. It was so dull and boring. Nothing happened in the second act that significantly pushed the story forward, and when stuff did happen, characters barely reacted to it.
Another problem I had was that the main character saw things but didn't tell anyone, mainly because she thought she was crazy. That's fine, but it's not a part of her character. It's not something that gets resolved in her character arc. It's used as nothing more than an excuse to offer a cheap jump scare without moving the plot forward, and it gets completely dumped and ignored when they didn't need it anymore.
The third act is one of the things I hate the most about horror films. It's just a two-minute sequence after another two-minute sequence that leads to nothing more than a cheap jump scare that does nothing for the plot. Then the film lazily wraps itself up.
This is the same formula that has failed in so many other horror films (three others in this franchise alone). I found it to be lazy and cheap. There basically wasn't a plot, but when it was there, it didn't work.
Overall, I have to say I was very disappointed. With the exception of the great acting and solid cinematography, nothing in this film came above mediocre.
It's just another poor entry into a universe that seems to be collapsing in on itself.
© 2019 Royce Proctor