The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me do it
Release date: June 4 2021
Directed by: Michael Chaves
I am very excited for this review for a number of reasons: A) This is the first movie review I have done in about three months, B) This is the first new movie I have seen in theater since COVID ruined everyone’s lives and C) this is the first Conjuring movie I have ever seen in a theater and that says a lot since I am a giant pussy (who ironically still loves horror movies).
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me do it is the third movie in this actual Conjuring series but is the seventh movie in the Conjuring universe — the Conjuring universe consists of The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona, the Annabelle movies and obviously the other Conjuring movies.
Out of the whole universe, I only have the first two Conjuring’s to compare this one to but with this being the third chapter I think those are the best two I could have under my belt to compare to.
All of the Conjuring stories are based on true stories but this one felt the least plausible. There was just a lot of stuff that seemed like such a stretch and trust me, I get that it is a movie and it is supposed to be exaggerated, but I think the first two movies were more realistic in a way and I wanted that from this one too.
One difference from the other films in this series that I liked was that it took it from a mystery standpoint as opposed to a scary one. I know all of the movies have some sort of mystery that they are trying to figure out but I think this movie focused more on that lens than a scary lens.
Now although I liked the mystery view, I wanted there to be more scary things — I really didn’t think this movie was that scary.
In the first two movies, the scary stuff helped make it more realistic and scary but also added that extra layer to the movie and the mystery/problem at hand — The Devil Made Me do it didn’t have enough scary elements to create the equal balance that I thought this film needed.
The scary effects that this movie did have in it were really badass. In the trailer, there is a little kid who is bending backwards on a table and it was even cooler in the movie — he was bending like a freaking pretzel and I was hear for every moment of it.
Without giving anything away, there was also a really cool part where a bunch of windows broke, crap was just blowing all around in a jail infirmary and a guy was levitating…needless to say that that scene was also really cool to watch and was overall really well done.
You can see short snippets of both those scenes in the official trailer linked below.
The plot of the movie was a great concept but I got a little lost. There were some girls that ended up dead and apparently that had some links to the main character of the movie…but they never really told you what the link was.
They hinted at somethings but nothing was set in stone and then the plot just kept trucking forward with the main couple trying to help the main character. It was just really muddy in the middle I thought and I wish they would have added some more emphasis on the connections and make it sound like something that is important —it was just very underwhelming.
The acting not just in this movie but in all three movies are just out of this world. Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren) and Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren) need to win awards for their performances in all of these movies PERIOD!
Farmiga and Wilson really bring the real characters of the Mr. and Mrs. Warren to life as if they were acting in these movies themselves which is important.
These are two actors that are not only great at their jobs as individuals, but have an amazing and gorgeous on-screen chemistry that you don’t see too much — the way that these two work together is almost hypnotic.
Overall, I thought that this movie was good. The effects were great, the story itself was pretty good and the acting was breathtaking, but for a scary movie I wanted more scary things that were not just random jump scares. I think if I wouldn’t have had anything to compare this third chapter to (The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2), I would have thought higher of this movie but by seeing what the other movies brought to the table this one just missed the mark by a small amount and was definitely the weak link of this trilogy; I would give this movie a 3.5/5.
I did enjoy it, I would watch it again but it is not my favorite horror movie and definitely not my favorite Conjuring film BUT that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t watch it!
Go check out The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me do it at your local theaters and I hope you all enjoy being back at the movies once again!