'The Curse of La Llorona' Review
The Curse of La Llorona is a 2019 supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves in his directorial debut, and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. It is the sixth installment in The Conjuring Universe. Based on the Mexican folklore of La Llorona, the film stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, and Marisol Ramirez.
In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona's deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay.
The Curse of La Llorona was a horror film that I was actually somewhat excited for. The story of the Weeping Woman is one of Mexico's greatest urban legends. Growing up in Texas, the Weeping Woman was a story I heard as a kid that really terrified me. So naturally, with all the lore behind the legend, I was excited for this film, but after watching it I was very disappointed.
The Curse of La Llorona is apparently part of the Conjuring universe. There was one very small scene connecting it to Annabelle.
This film really reminded me of The Nun. It was another disappointing film in the Conjuring universe. It lacked any real vision, and it just felt like a collection of cheap jump scares. The Curse of La Llorona was so disappointing.
It had a few redeeming qualities here and there, but it wasn't nearly enough to make up for all the film's pitfalls. The film was very dull and it was the same haunted house story we've seen time and time again, but the worst part about it is that it doesn't try to be anything else. It's perfectly happy being mediocre, which is just sad. With so much material to work with I'm just so surprised this is what they came up with.
Another thing that surprised me was that this film wasn't set or filmed in Mexico. One of Mexico's greatest urban legends was set in sunny California for some reason.
The Curse of La Llorona was another disappointing installment in a franchise that seems lost when James Wan isn't directing (with the exception of Anabelle: Creation).
I thought the acting for the most part was good. Linda Cardellini was great and I really liked Raymond Cruz. She gave a really creepy performance as the Weeping Woman.
I also thought the child actors did a solid job especially for children. A lot of the film relied on their performance and they really sold it.
There was nothing exceptionally special about the acting, but for a horror film it was far better than most and it was without a doubt one of the best parts about this film.
The Curse of La Llorona had a standard and generic horror plot. It had just about the same haunted house plot we've seen time and time again.
With that being said, I actually really liked the first 25 minutes or so. It set up the characters and the promise nicely, buy the rest of the film just didn't work (exactly like The Nun). The rest of the film was basically long scenes that only build up to a bad jump scare, and a clichéd pastor who's only job was to do an exposition dump. Because of this I actually found it a little boring.
This was a very generic haunted house plot that didn't even try to be anything else.
The Curse of La Llorona just didn't do anything great aside from the acting. The plot was generic and flat. The cinematography was good (would've been better in Mexico), and they did the creepy atmosphere well, but they both get completely wasted.
The Curse of La Llorona was unoriginal and uninspired, and in the end it just felt so lazy.
I grew up hearing up the Weeping Woman and I was really excited about this film. You'd think with so much material to work with they'd do better than this.
The Curse of La Llorona is another poor installment in the Conjuring franchise.
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