As Good As It Gets
A Surprisingly Unforgettable Movie!
I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
As with most sequels, this was not as scary or effective as 'The Conjuring'. It was nice to see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back in the roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren. They just bring such a sense of credibility to the film that you almost believe they are Ed and Lorraine Warren. I did get a sense of 'Oh, I've seen this before', but the film is nevertheless still good in its own right and worth the watch.
Supernatural sleuths Ed and Lorraine Warren take on another case, this time helping a single-parent Mum in Enfield whose daughter appears to be subjected to nastiness from someone who died in the house."Based On True Events." Well, OK. This is not a statement I have much faith in at the best of times and I have even less in the case of supernatural films, much as I might enjoy the movie.There was a reasonably well documented "Enfield Poltergeist". This film fictionalises, augments, and treats the thing as a genuine supernatural manifestation. It should be noted that the movie, while using some real names, locations and alleged events, is otherwise entirely fictional.Which doesn't mean it's not a good horror film, because it is. It has a stealthy growth of dread, and some genuinely scary moments of which only a couple are accompanied by abrupt blaring orchestral hits. The house interiors are grim (but Dad left, and Mum has no money, so that's OK), and the exteriors are battered by too much torrential rain (and rain which rather too obviously comes from overhead rain gantries, and is there really that much water in Enfield basements?), but the down-at-heel suburbia setting is effectively atmospheric nonetheless.Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise the Warrens from The Conjuring, but this film belongs to Madison Wolfe, 13 when this was filmed. I was going to sing the praises of a young British actress, but she is a Louisiana native delivering a perfect suburban London accent as part of a terrific performance of a terrified, haunted, and possibly possessed, child.As horror films go, this one is quite good.
Such a good narrative! I love to watch movies like this with my nephews. Scares them to death! Love the part when he comes through the basement floor - reminds me of Ace Ventura when Jim Carey forces himself out of that rhino. All in all a very good film.:
We continue on with the paranormal adventures of Ed (Patrick Wilson ) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren of Amityville fame. They are asked to go to Enfield and investigate a haunting or poltergeist case centering around Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe) and the spirit of Bill.The film is filled with jump scares, whispers, screams, etc. enough to make it enjoyable.Much of the film follows reported incidents (a bit exaggerated) and the criticism and skepticism of the time (and today). Claims that Janet did the pranks and practiced ventriloquism as well as being caught red handed faking incidents are included in the feature.The film makers took liberties with reports such as the police report that a chair wobbled from side to side, became a chair moving across the room. The role of Ed and Lorraine was minor and I would suggest the reason why they never wrote about it was that until the last half hour of the film, they deemed it a hoax and that last part was Hollywood writers earning their dime. As an entertaining Poltergeist film, it is all that. As to being factual, there have been other films and features on Enfield that are far less horrific and supernatural.Go watch the film for a good scare for the kids, not a docudrama.Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity.