The Nun is a prequel to every Conjuring movie you could ever think of especially The Conjuring 2 where the demon Valak was first introduced. The Nun has many different key elements that weave their way back to the other movies and is just as terrifying as the others that came before it as James Wan, director, producer, and sometimes even writer, never disappoints. This film was quite scary; it had audience members jumping in their seats and clinging to their loved ones and friends, but maybe the acting was the real scare in the film.
The Nun, set in 1952 Romania in the Corvin Castle, a priest named Burke and a novitiate preparing to take her vows to become a nun named Irene, are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a nun who is discovered by a French-Canadian man who goes by the name of Frenchie. From the moment they arrive on the property of the castle it is obvious that things are not quite right but that’s not all that’s going on.
Main character, Sister Irene, is played by actress Taissa Farmiga, best known for her roles in the horror television show American Horror Story. Although she is a respectable actress, she may not have acted quite her best throughout the film. In the beginning it seems as though she could not nail this role as well as her others. Actor Demián Bichir, who plays Father Burke, the investigative priest, portrays his character quite well but maybe sometimes a little dry.
French-Canadian character Maurice Theriault, better known as “Frenchie,” is played by Jonas Bioquet. Bioquet portrayed his character, who could be described as a player, quite well. Of course, we could not forget Bonnie Aarons who for most of the movie plays the Valak who has taken the form of Sister Victoria, the Mother Superior of the church. The special effects makeup the makeup artists created for Valak is quite amazing as Aarons is almost completely unrecognizable.
Many key aspects are put into the movie to make it what it is including the music, scenery and special effects. In The Nun, silence in scenes was what really played into the almost sinister atmosphere. Most people would expect there to be some music playing at all times like most movies, but in this film the silence is heavily relied upon to make everything a bit more eerie. Of course, there is the “classic horror movie music” that is played throughout with striking tight harmonies and dissonance but the silence was not really expected and it was an effective artistic choice. To go along with this music (or lack thereof) were some well-designed special effects. The special effects in the movie definitely live up to the standards that the previous Conjuring movies had set.
Although the acting was not quite on par, it was better by the end. The Nun was definitely was a great story. It was artistically done so that the struggles in acting could easily be overlooked as the audience would be pulled in by the other amazing qualities this movie has. Despite the controversy over it’s religious connotations, this movie is great to go see with friends or a significant other. With all of it’s jump scares it may not be a good idea to go alone, but you just might want to because this isn’t a movie you’ll want to miss.