The Curse of La Llorona

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the curse of Lala yeah I apologize over the past week lawyer ona has cursed me with a terrible cold that I’m just now getting over so we’re gonna power through this review I don’t have a cold right now that’s not a problem we’re gonna talk about this movie the curse of La Llorona is the latest in the conjuring universe this is a spin-off of sorts very loosely connected to the other conjuring films and this one is about the folktale known as the weeping woman she’s an urban legend of sorts that tells of a woman who long ago drowned both of her children in a river and today she hunts other children that she can steal away she attracts children by crying lures them in and then kills them in some way I guess because she’s a spirit demon as a folktale if you’ve ever done any research surrounding La Llorona there’s actually a lot there that’s really creepy very eerie and I was excited to see a film that hopefully delved into that and gave some backstory and made you feel like you were watching something that was more than just a series of scare scenes unfortunately that’s exactly what this film is the first I would say the first act was actually alright the beginning was investing I was like okay that’s not bad I mean the title booms on the screen I was like okay that’s cool okay something’s happening alright this is kind of exciting and then you get introduced to the characters and you meet a family and you see she works as an agent for child endangerment and that’s good that’s a good link for her and some of the first few scenes that build up this woman and her creepiness and what she can do were really effective it’s the second act really that becomes just a long series of scenes where you’re building up to a jump-scare and they find effective ways to do that they’re in a car the windows are being rolled down there’s a girl with an umbrella and she moves the umbrella around and you can see La Llorona in different places and they do this quite often and you can really feel like the writers just didn’t have anything to work with which is not true there is so much to work with in that folktale there is so much they could have done that they just ignored to focus on an average Los Angeles family in the 1970s like this should have been in Mexico imagine how beautiful this movie would have looked if it was shot in Mexico I mean this is a Mexican folk tale why is it in boring we’ve seen it a thousand times Los Angeles with some average family it just doesn’t make sense like it seems like they had gold there like they really could have just went for this awesome folktale with so much lower behind it and shot it in a really cool place that you don’t usually see feature films in of this scale coming from a franchise universe but they just shot it in Los Angeles and to me that’s just a big missed opportunity I’d say one of the bigger pluses of the film though is the acting I think Linda Cardellini and Raymond Cruz are both really good the kids are also excellent really good kid performances which this film relies a lot on that because this is a ghost that takes the kid and so the kids are gonna have a lot of screen time I could sync your movie and they did a great job the acting I would say is probably the best part of the film the cinematography is fine it feels very standard it just there’s many scenes that look exactly like a James Wan movie but without the innovation this is a first-time director for a feature and it definitely feels like he’s attempting to make this film fit into the universe without making it feel like it’s of its own there’s something I’m noticing about the conjuring universe films and it is troubling just about every single one that isn’t a James Wan conjuring movie save for literally just Anabel creation they all feel very inconsequential it’s almost like they’re told to not be better than the conjuring because they all feel like they’re not trying to be better than the conjuring I can’t imagine the studio is actually enforcing that that would be really detrimental to your franchise but that’s what these films are starting to feel like the majority of this universes films that aren’t directed by James Wan just feel like cash grabs because the entire third act of this movie is set basically in her house I won’t give you away any spoilers but it’s really clear that they’re doing their best to make these movies on the cheap which makes sense you make horror on the cheap you make a good bang for your buck that’s just how it goes I understand how that works is something that I will eventually probably try to do myself so I’m not talking down to them for that I’m just saying that it feels like they’re operating within a boundary with the way they’re writing this like if they shot it in Mexico it would absolutely be a better film I mean I have no doubt to be a better film but it’d also be a more expensive film probably because you’d have to go across country and you’d have to you know lug all the gear out there instead of just shooting a nice Los Angeles a block away from the studio where you’re gonna edit it and it just feels like they aren’t trying hard enough to make the best film they could and they’re just making very smart business choices which is disappointing with a folktale as cool as this still the first 25 minutes were okay and I was actually invested and I felt like I was excited about what could happen next but then the tropes started to pile in she visits a priest the priest knows about the history the priest explains the history okay we’ve seen this a thousand times before she goes back home everyone in the house starts to see this thing but nobody wants to talk about it and nobody wants to admit that it’s real despite the fact that if they just got together and talked about it maybe they could start making a plan and things could get interesting but no we want to have more jump-scare scenes then she goes back to the priest again and gets more exposition and you’re just like okay at this point you’ve lost me it was a cool setup it’s a cool antagonist but they just didn’t do anything with it I’m gonna give the curse of La Llorona a d-plus for me this was about on the same level as the nun not very scary just some sequences billed to noises and you just don’t really feel invested in the story that’s the most important part and I wasn’t unfortunately I wanted to though I wanted to and this could have been a lot better guys thank you so much as always for watching and thank you for dealing with my crappy voice right now speak of voice there’s something I noticed about the trailer for this movie and trailers in general have you ever noticed that when a film is titled a title where the studios are afraid maybe the general public won’t be able to pronounce it they have voice over in the trailer pronounce it for you look out for that next time you see a movie with a weird title if there’s no voiceover for the entire trailer and then all of a sudden there’s voiceover at the end speaking the title it’s probably because the studio is afraid you won’t be able to pronounce it that’s just my two cents for the day on studio pronunciation trailer or voices guys thank you so much as always for watching look forward to more reviews very soon and if you like this you can click right here and get that I almost got through it without a problem and then right at the end ha now you guys know what it is

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