Annabelle Comes Home , It has been two years since the ‘cute’ doll Annabelle came to haunt horror film fans around the world. This time, he’s back “haunting” with the third entry in The Conjuring Universe spin-off series, Annabelle Comes Home.
As usual, this film from James Wan’s masterpiece universe carries the premise of the terror of ghosts that haunts a family. However, there is something special about Annabelle Comes Home. Unlike the previous two entries, this film brings home two iconic characters from The Conjuring Universe.
Who else but the devil-slayer husband and wife, Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). So, a big question arises in the minds of fans of horror cinematic offerings. Will Ed and Lorraine Warren’s charm make this film truly special? Or is the Annabelle doll able to hypnotize the audience with her own horror?
So that you are not curious, you can see the review below. Don’t worry, this review won’t be a 100% spoiler. So, have a good listening!
Annabelle (Finally) Returning Home , Since the first Conjuring, there is one thing that horror movie fans have been looking forward to, namely the return of the Annabelle doll to the Warren family home. The reason is, the first Conjuring only shows the doll for a short time. Besides that, he is also not the center of the story of the film.
When fans wished Annabelle was back for the spin-off series that was specially given to her, the first film was a disappointment. The second film was actually not bad. Unfortunately, the fans’ wait has not really been answered until finally the third film is the answer that has been waiting for.
Annabelle Comes Home brings the premise of bringing the doll who is considered to be an intermediary for this evil demon to the sacred storage room of the Warren family home. Just when the horror and disturbance was thought to have disappeared, Annabelle returned, now haunting the hosts.
The Role of Two Legendary Figures
Annabelle Comes Home , Even though the long-awaited Annabelle has returned, honey, it’s a bit wrong if you expect too much with the presence of the couple Ed and Lorraine Warren. This is because his role in the film is no more than just a cameo, but with a fatter appearance time than other cameo roles.
The two central figures do not play an important role, except at the beginning and end of the film. The rest, Annabelle is the one who gets the role as the main star along with three other main characters consisting of the daughter of the Warren couple, Judy (McKenna Grace), the nanny, Mary Allen (Madison Iseman), and the neighbor who likes to find trouble, Daniela (Katie Sarife ).
Furthermore, maybe you can already guess the whole storyline. Annabelle, who should have been restrained, managed to get out and terrorize the three boys.
Annabelle Comes Home, Yep, nothing special in terms of narrative. Overall, you can guess the premise of the story since the beginning of this film. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that when Ed and Lorraine Warren had finished their performance hours at the beginning of the film.
Not only from storytelling, the horror treatment that has been the strength of The Conjuring Universe also feels very empty. It feels like there is no innovation that makes this film so special.
The jump scare formula that is brought to this film is actually a weak point. Compared to other films in The Conjuring universe, the horror of this film is imperceptible due to the jump scare, which appears very predictable. This film also relies more on sound effects to provide psychological horror.
The problem doesn’t end there. This weakness is exacerbated by the appearance of the three main characters, Judy, Mary Allen, and Daniella. They are actually unable to make the audience feel the horror in the film. Ironically, they also seemed to already know that a demon was coming with a comfortable expression on it.
If it continues like this, the next entry from The Conjuring Universe, let’s call it The Conjuring 3 (if it is really realized), must really bring innovation. The reason is, the audience is getting bored with the formula that is just like that. Is this a sign that James Wan has to come down the mountain and postpone his plans to retire as director of The Conjuring Universe series?
Via Special Annabelle Comes Home, Maybe all this time you have thought that horror films are not suitable for children to watch. The reason is either because of the psychological aspect that is too harsh or the sadistic death of the characters. However, Annabelle Comes Home broke this paradigm by appearing as a child-friendly horror film.
Really, guys. You can watch this film with your young children, younger siblings or nephews. You can also watch while teaching the various moral values presented by director Gary Dauberman, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
After all, this film as a whole is able to entertain even though it has all the weaknesses that make it feel ordinary. You will be presented with comedy scenes that are quite funny without being made up. This aspect of entertainment is what makes this film a “family horror film.”
The good news is that Annabelle Comes Home can be seen in your favorite cinemas starting Wednesday (26/6). As of this review, this film has received a score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 6.8 on iMDB. The value is quite good for a horror film, but not enough to meet the expectations of loyal fans of The Conjuring Universe.
As discussed above, Annabelle Comes Home is perfect for those of you who want to take your family members for a weekend by watching horror films. This film is also very suitable for those of you who want to “practice” watching horror with a “soft” jump scare.