Don’t Stop Saying Your Prayers
Just as the youngest children of five children must feel grown up in the shadow of their older brother's accomplishments or their sister, The nun in every way, has a lot to live on. Fifth installment in the universe of The Conjuring, it is part of a family of movies that has grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office, making it one of the most profitable franchises in history. The latest on a growing list of Conjuring spin-offs, The Nun may well replace these shoes, but like its predecessor Annabelle, not without some growth pains first.
Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The nun is a real family affair. Taissa Farmiga, Vera Farmiga's youngest real sister of The Conjuring, plays the role of Sister Irene, a novitiate who has yet to commit to the church's final by making her vows. Damian Bichir plays the role of Father Burke, a Catholic priest to whom the church calls, say, in delicate situations. The duo is sent by the Vatican into the Romanian countryside to investigate the suicide of a nun at the Carta Monastery.
Written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman, The Nun takes place in 1952, placing it at the beginning of the chronology of the universe Conjuring. The film, billed as the "Darkest Chapter of the Conjuring Universe", successfully creates a dark and gothic décor in which the characters can immerse themselves. Bonnie Aarons returns to her role as Nun, whose unmistakable performance in the previous release of the franchise was undoubtedly the reason why the character got her own movie. Taissa Farmiga's captivating screen helps to draw the viewer into the cold, dark world unfolding before us. Unfortunately, I do not feel trained enough in this cold, dark world.
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The Nun was a Vera Farmiga's formidable enemy as Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2, and left you an insatiable thirst to learn more about the nun and her true identity, the demon Valak. This exit may succeed in answering some of your questions, but for each of them answered, two others grow instead. The casual viewer will be satisfied because the film is strewn with enough intrigue and tension to keep you on the edge of your seat. But, with the exception of the long-awaited fears of hoping, The Nun only suggests the possible terror that lies beneath its surface. And for those of you who have been waiting to deepen the mythology behind this character, you can leave the theater with the feeling that you do not know much more than what you have learned after the events. of The Conjuring 2.
Although it is a worthy entry to the series, The Nun makes me wonder how it would be if she was an only child and was not part of the Warner Bros. family of Conjuring movies. It's unfair, but sometimes you have to do better than your siblings to position yourself in the family hierarchy. Pray that if there is a sequel, it will give us more of what we want and, more importantly, we will stand alone.