The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It really has a story. There is a mystery that is able to keep the audience’s attention, although then, the further you roll, the more the plot loses its way. Regarding proving that Arne’s innocence seems to be forgotten, it completely turns to the generic pattern of “defeating evil forces to save one’s life”.
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Lifting one of the mystical experiences of Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). Precisely the murder known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” case that occurred in 1981, where the suspect, Arne Cheyenne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor), claimed to be under the control of the devil when he killed. History records that this is the first time in a US court that the suspect “possessed with a demon” has used the excuse to deny all charges.
At the beginning, we learn that the possessed is David (Julian Hilliard), the sister of Arne’s lover, Debbie (Sarah Catherine Hook). Ed and Lorraine perform an exorcism, which ends in chaos, when the demon moves into Arne’s body. Next as already written above, Arne commits murder, denies on the grounds of possession, while Ed and Lorraine carry out an investigation to prove the existence of demons in court.
Although the film doesn’t apply more courtroom drama elements (the process of proving mystical things in front of a judge and jury sounds interesting), the Johnson-McGoldrick script still has enough ammunition in the form of the Warren husband and wife investigation, so that the 112 minute duration is not limited to a jump scare compilation.
The biggest change in this film compared to its two predecessors lies in the way it throws terror. As usual, each series of The Conjuring always labels itself as “the scariest and/or most dangerous case that Ed and Lorraine have ever faced”. This time, the statement is not mere hyperbole, because in essence, it is true. Because here, their main opponents are humans, and human evil can be more dangerous than any demon. Best Movie
That’s also why the iconic ghost figure doesn’t appear like before. The terror prioritizes “what is done” over “who”. Was the result more terrible? Unfortunately no. Chaves’ level was still far below Wan’s. Some jump scares are quite surprising, but not to the point of really pounding the heart. The reason is none other than the messy set piece design. Either it’s too dark, the camera shakes too fast, or it’s a mess in the continuity of a sequence. Instead of being afraid, I am more often confused about an event. The same goes for build-ups. Chaves has not been very good at building audience anticipation.
At least Chaves presents the exorcism scene solidly (although Ed and Lorraine’s recorded real exorcism, which is played in the credits, is more sinister). The intensity can be maintained, while the characters perform “inhuman” movements, which is a characteristic of exorcist-themed films. Not to forget, Chaves slipped some nodes for The Exorcist (1973).
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It retains the spirit that laid the groundwork for the second film (and continues in Annabelle Comes Home), namely the romance of Ed and Lorraine. Both the motivation and the resolution taken are based on their love. The quality of terror may decline, but the success of maintaining that basic spirit, keeps this third film from being completely destroyed. Even without Wan in the director’s chair, we must be anxiously awaiting the continuation of this series. Movie Review