The GOOD: The acting was topnotch, especially from Toni Collette (and the child actors). The "slip into madness" on the part of the mother and son was paced perfectly. The PQ was, for the most part, "Reference Quality." And last, but not least, the Audio Mix was phenomenal! I turned it up to -3 for the whole film and kept thinking how blessed I am to have a very good speaker system.
The BAD: I have to be honest, the ENDING (the last 15-20 minutes) was a BIG LETDOWN. See "Spoiler."
I would have preferred the "slip into madness" to be just that, instead of the usual over-the-top "slip into mysticism and the occult." I also thought the nudity and constant F-bombs were unnecessary.
Knowing my sister, I think she would prefer The Conjuring to this one (as I do). That film is done well too (excellent acting, good pacing, topnotch PQ/AQ and no resorting to gratuitous language and nudity) without a bizarre ending.
Completely agree. The earlier parts of the movie were so horrifying to me because of how grounded in reality and (seemingly) senseless they were.
The daughter's decapitation was the most haunting thing in the movie for me by far was because it seemed circumstantial, not pre-ordained. As the movie became more mystical, it almost seemed to let everyone off the hook to some extent, rather than forcing them to live with the consequences of their actions in a real-world sense.
That said, I'm glad other people enjoyed the ending to the movie and I can absolutely understand why. I also hope the UHD blu-ray sells well enough for A24 to produce more of them. In terms of quality output, I think they have the best batting average of any movie studio since Pixar in its heyday.
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