Rajeev Masand’s Review of Annabelle: Creation

Remember that hideous doll from The Conjuring? The one that wreaked havoc in perfectly decent homes by stealing the souls of people? Well, after landing a starring role in its own spin-off movie, 2014’s Annabelle, we now get a prequel in Annabelle: Creation which tells the origin story of that grotesque toy, how it became such a formidable force of evil.

Somewhere in rural America in the 1940s, a doll-maker, the creator of that bug-eyed specimen, loses his young daughter in a road accident. Twelve years later, he and his bedridden wife open their home to six girls from a Catholic orphanage and their accompanying nun. While exploring their new home, one of the girls enters a locked room and stumbles upon – you guessed it – that ratty Victorian doll.

Now it’s not a half bad premise and there are some good jump scares. But there isn’t a smidgen of novelty or inventiveness in this movie; it trades in the same old clichés and lazy ideas. So before you know it, lights begins to flicker, a record player mysteriously starts playing a tune on its own, and shadowy figures jump out of the dark. To be fair, Lights Out director David F Sandberg has an assured visual style that builds up an atmosphere of dread. But there is neither an interesting story nor particularly compelling characters.

That’s a shame because the acting isn’t bad. Veterans Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto bring a palpable sense of melancholy and impending doom to their roles as the couple that owns the creepy gothic home, and the girls playing the orphans pitch in with competent performances. It’s just that they’re put through the motions in the sort of film that you’ve seen so many times before.  

I know that it’s part of the very conceit of horror films, but I’m getting a little tired of having to care for characters that do the stupidest things in the face of danger. Why would you go into an isolated barn? Why would you leave a group and head off on your own? Why would you leave a disabled girl to sleep alone in a room when it’s clear that things aren’t alright in the house? 

If you can overlook these nigglings, perhaps you’ll enjoy all the times this movie jolts you out of your seat. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Annabelle: Creation. It’s not bad, it’s just same old, same old. 

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

1 Comment

  1. Phiroz Sukhadwala

    August 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Great reviews

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Justice League

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons...

    BMS EditorNovember 18, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Tumhari Sulu

    Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Vijay Maurya, Malishka Mendonsa Director: Suresh Triveni Delivering a knockout performance as a middle-class...

    BMS EditorNovember 18, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of A Bad Moms Christmas

    What’s more disturbing than the idea of three young moms behaving irresponsibly? Well, you’re about to find out in A Bad Moms...

    BMS EditorNovember 11, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Qarib Qarib Singlle

    Qarib Qarib Singlle, starring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy, revisits that familiar premise of a romance kindled over a road trip. To...

    BMS EditorNovember 11, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Thor: Ragnarok

    Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban Director: Taika Waititi At...

    BMS EditorNovember 3, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Ittefaq

    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna Director: Abhay Chopra Watching Ittefaq, you’re instantly reminded just how good an actor Akshaye Khanna is. He...

    BMS EditorNovember 3, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Rukh

    Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Adarsh Gourav, Kumud Mishra Director: Atanu Mukherjee The new Manoj Bajpayee starrer Rukh is a story about letting go of...

    BMS EditorOctober 27, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Jia Aur Jia

    Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Arslan Goni, Sudhanshu Pandey Director: Howard Rosemeyer Any promise that Jia aur Jia may have held of taking a fresh,...

    BMS EditorOctober 27, 2017
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Secret Superstar

    Lost in her own thoughts during an English class, a distracted student is pulled up by the teacher and caned when...

    BMS EditorOctober 20, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2017 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup