The Curse of La Llorona Review
Is the James Wan-produced The Curse of La Llorona worth seeing? Here’s The Curse of La Llorona review from thefanboyseo.com. The film opens May 1 from Warner Bros Pictures PH.
Quick catch up, the film is a new addition to the ever expanding Conjuring universe which is also inhabited by ghosties like Annabelle, Valak from The Nun and more. La Llorona is a deeply rooted entity for Hispanic culture. She’s the spirit of a woman who walks the Earth looking for her children; the same children she drowned by the river in a fit of jealous rage.
That being said, the film has some ups and downs.
- Its nice that they are doing something that a lot of people grew up with. La Llorona is a big deal and she’s not just for Mexicans exclusively. If you’re hispanic, chances are your abuelo or abuela may have told you the story of the weeping woman.
- It’s also nice that the production team tried to create some neat little things to make the movie as terrifying as possible. There’s a lot of new stuff that they use throughout the movie that I’ve yet to see before.
- This may be a bit of a spoiler but, The Curse of La Llorona may just have found the most creative way of using a swimming pool to fight the unholy things that go bump in the night.
- There’s lot of surprisingly funny moments in the film. It’s not the laugh-out-loud kind of humor but rather the ones that will make you go “hehe” and then get back to being scared.
- Kids were great in the movie. They definitely elevated the stakes for the story.
- Obviously this won’t be the end of the Conjuring universe and certainly not La Llorona, so I would like to see Raymund Cruz’s Rafael Olvera. Hopefully, this former priest can do more things in his next appearance.
- Lead star Linda Cardellini was nice in the movie. Could have done a lot more in terms of delivery, but her performance her was good.
- Hat tip for the great tension building equally sprinkled throughout the film.
- The film is formulaic. Like everything here, the plot, the sequences, the twists all follow the tropes.
- Story-wise, the film is also predictable. Like you already know how they would pull off the biggest exorcism that’s not done by The Warrens.
- I swear they had the weakest reasoning and build-up to the moment they finally encounter La Llorona. It’s like they weren’t even trying really hard. They worked hard on the scares to make it go up par with the other entries in “The Conjuring” universe but its not going to be that hard to actually develop a really tight script. Again, this goes back to following the tropes and the horror genre formula. So like, if I had the same encounter and I did the exact same thing to La Llorona, that would probably save my life? Correct? That’s how the film was selling it.
- It kinda gets iffy when you see kids dying. Even if you know that’s part of the story, it still feels a bit disturbing (not really a down vote, just my two cents)
- Boy was this film anti-climatic or what? I liked the movie yes, but it didn’t really deliver with the third act. A bummer really.
The Curse of La Llorona Review – Verdict
The Curse of La Llorona was promising but kind of faltered towards the end. I’m really hoping they make a sequel and really improve of this movie’s plot holes and weaker moments. Still, if you want a break from all this Endgame madness, I suggest and recommend you catch this film.