Movie Review: Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

Synopsis: Ed and Lorraine Warren have the spirit conduit doll, Annabelle, safely locked up inside their house. However, when they go away for a night, their babysitter's friend accidentally releases the doll and causes supernatural havoc in the house.

Who's in it? The movie stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Michael Cimino and Samara Lee.

Review: I've never been a huge fan of the Annabelle movies but my wife is so, when it came time to get a new DVD through Netflix, I added this one to the top of the list. We watched it last night and were both in agreement, this movie just wasn't that great.

There's a Facebook meme that pretty much describes how I felt while watching this. It's the one with a guy poking something with a stick while saying "come on, do something." There was a lot of build-up through this film and a bit of action at the end but, ultimately, it was kind of dull.

I will say this about the film, I did find I liked the various characters in the movie. This isn't always the case with horror films, but this movie made a real effort to add some depth to the characters so they were much more believable. This is especially true of the friend, Daniela (Sarife), who releases Annabelle inadvertently. At first, it seemed like she was just a nosy teenager looking for something to brag about to her friends. But, after learning more about her motives and seeing how she was, in fact, a pretty kind person, it was easy to care whether or not she lived or died.

I also liked how the movie focused on the Warren's daughter, Judy (Grace), and all the negatives related to her being the child of two famous ghost hunters and her reluctance to admit she inherited her mother's ability to see ghosts. It made her much more interesting than she might otherwise had been.

Final Opinion: The movie does a good job with character development but, unfortunately, it isn't enough to overcome what is kind of a dull story.

My Grade: C+


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