(This review may contain spoilers).
I watched the first Conjuring film, so when I watched the trailer for this one, I was immediately interested in watching this.
The first scene was a particularly intriguing one, though there was a jump scare that had zero effect on me.
I did find the scene right after the title screen to be quite jarring, as it made me think of the movie being an entirely different genre and there seemed very little point in showing all of the clips about London.
I thought it was interesting to see the two different storylines converge together. I liked the opportunity to see Ed and Lorraine handle the fame… but also how they were both affected by the creepy nun, though in very different ways.
It was fairly obvious when there were scary scenes about to happen, but it was good to see that Janet was able to connect emotionally with both Ed and Lorraine.
I did find it a bit harder to connect emotionally with Janet’s siblings, as I didn’t think Johnny and Margaret were as well-developed as Janet and Billy.
There were some good moments of tension in this movie and although I was a bit confused about the whole thing with Peggy’s husband and what had really happened, I appreciated that she was trying to raise four children on her own… though I did notice the huge amount of irony in her scolding Janet for smoking while smoking a cigarette herself.
I did find some quite creepy moments in this film and although quite a few of the scares were obvious, it was good to see that this film was something of a character-driven one. I did like seeing Ed and Lorraine interacting with their daughter… and there were some good elements of foreshadowing.
It was a bit disappointing to see that the twist that wasn’t really a twist, but I did like watching this movie and found it entertaining. There were a few jumpy moments and it was good to see the origin of one of the other objects in Ed and Lorraine’s collection.