Latest offering in a popular scary franchise tops new entertainment options.
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” Grade 3 stars: The film follows the lead of the previous films as it is based on a true story. The Warrens (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) are called in to watch the exorcism of an 8-year-old boy. They soon realize that this is not as much a case as demon possession as it is dealing with a curse that has been placed on three people.
What starts as a battle for a soul becomes a fight for a young man’s life as he faces the death penalty for a crime the Warrens say was the work of the Devil. The trick is to prove their case when this becomes the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect claims demonic possession as a defense.
All of the “Conjuring” films have been enveloped by an evil darkness. A steady dose of this approach can lead to a tale becoming emotionally and spiritually tiresome. It’s the light that comes from the love of the central players that helps eliminate some of the darkness and that brings the sparks of life so desperately needed.
There is a point where even the love that Farmiga and Wilson play so boldly will begin to fade. It will be at that point that it will be time for “The Conjuring” franchise to be given a final burial. Farmiga and Wilson have come through one more time and the shift of more of a mystery suggests a final resting place for the series can wait at least for one more film.
New on DVD and Blu-ray as of Aug. 24
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