Heaven or Hell?
Title – The Nun
Certificate – 15
Director – Corin Hardy
Writers – Taissa Farmiga (Sister Irene), Demián Bichir (Father Burke), Jonas Bloquet (Frenchie), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun)
Plot – A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
So I saw this movie on the brand new ScreenX at Cineworld in Leeds…I will be creating another post about ScreenX, I will review the film here.
Straight out of the Conjuring Universe (why does everything have to have a “Universe” now?) is The Nun. She follows Annabelle into the spin offs of the series. I haven’t seen Annabelle, but I am reliably informed it’s naff.
Is the Nun naff?
In short…yeah it is somewhat.
I enjoyed the Conjuring movies. They were scary haunted house romps with some genuine scares. Unfortunately, The Nun is a formulaic baptism of fire.
Nothing new is offered in this film. The trope of having a priest with a troubled past is thrown in there for zero reason than having a secondary evil presence in the movie which is not necessarily needed. The “coming of age” of the young religious character in Sister Irene is overdone, and very weak jump scares all add up to something very lacklustre.
I wanted it to be scary, it wasn’t.
I wanted it to be a good addition to the Conjuring Universe, it wasn’t.
I wanted to be on the edge of my seat and I wasn’t.
Also, another oddness…Sister Irene was played by Taissa Farmiga who is the younger sister of Vera Farmiga who played Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring movies….yet there’s zero link in the film to that, despite them both being deeply religious with clairvoyant abilities…..I feel like they were potentially going to explore something here that never materialised but as they were too far down the line with the casting, they couldn’t turn back