Movie Review: THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA
Well, it looks good.
Lead actress Linda Cardellini does everything she can with the material. In fact the acting across the board is fine. First-time director Michael Chaves handles his duties adequately. And visually, again, it’s lovely in a ghastly, black-soaked, cobwebby kind of way. Alas all of these ingredients can’t make up for a script that is generic as hell. Everything in this movie is familiar. You could play a game of Find and Replace the Spook with this one. Remove the titular La Llorona and replace her with the supernatural antagonist from any of a dozen or so movies of this type and the movie would work just as well. There’s simply nothing at all fresh here. The recipe is still tasty enough, but you get tired of eating the same old thing every day, don’t you?
I enjoyed the bonus featurette included on the DVD more than the actual movie. Props to the FX team for relying largely on practical effects instead of CGI, and for the ability to make gorgeous actress Marisol Ramirez look scary. (Still sorta hot, but scary.) Just another of the things the movie had going for it that a better script would have better serviced. Grade: C+. Worth seeing, but don’t expect too much.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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