THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT (2021)
Smarter and more intricate than its predecessors, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a thrill ride from start to finish and a franchise best.
The third outing in The Conjuring series dives into yet another of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s wild cases, this time involving demonic possession of multiple individuals and the United States’ first murder case where the defense of demonic possession would be claimed. The Devil Made Me Do It is a more complex story than either of the previous two films, an intensely intriguing story that keeps you guessing until the end. While Patrick Wilson is once again flawless in his role, Vera Farmiga steals the show. While certain narrative choices are frustratingly convenient, The Devil Made Me Do It is a fresh shot of reinvigoration for a series that played it safe in the first sequel, here expanding the focus and giving its starts much more to work with.
The film is also elevated by the addition of young stars Ruairi O’Connor and Sarah Catherine Hook, each vital to the overall story and both delivering top-notch performances. Everyone is in good hands with first time series director Michael Chaves who brings a fresh perspective to the Warren’s exploits.
Having been indifferent about The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a pleasant surprise, the rare threequel that outshines those that came before it and leaves me wanting more.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It hits theaters and HBO Max Friday.
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