13 September 2013 | geoffrey_Saunders
Was as funny as it was scary and an OK movie, but doesn't live up to the first.
I have been looking forward to this movie the moment I heard about it. I loved the first one so much I saw it numerous times in theaters. This installment, Chapter 2, is sub-par in my opinion.
If you have read some other reviews you'll already know plenty about this movie. The review saying that we're "spoiled", and gave this a 10/10 seems a bit off, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You'll already know that its "scary moments" are sort of forced, the "ghosts" are not as creative or as "haunting" as the first movie, and that this movie seemed to have some loop holes. All in All I thought it was average at best but had the audience laughing as much as they were screaming.
This movie tried to be something it's not. You can tell they were influenced by movies such as Inception and Cabin in the Woods. It had some "plot twists" like Inception and laughs here and there like CITW. This is not a bad thing what-so ever, the only thing is, is that they didn't execute it as well as I'd hope. I wish they stayed original, while still having influences, like the first movie, and as scary as the original.
As you will read in other reviews, this movie was very anti-climatic. To the point that after the "climax" you stood their asking yourself "is it really the end? Or are they going to do some Cabin in the Woods ending where they go ALL OUT and things get CRAZY!". But they never do.
I also think this movie will be be given more thumbs down then up because it had a lot to live up to. The first movie literally had me crawled up in my chair. It was also so scary I brought my friends to go see it, to see their expressions! This movie had me feeling indifferent and telling my friends to not have high hopes.
Now this movie had some things going for it as well. I thought that the comical parts were hilarious, just were out of their element. I also thought that they gave more screen time to more worthy characters. And lastly, the music was done by the same person who did the first, and that gave the movie the same scary, ominous, uneasy feelings.
Overall I would say that if you liked the first one, this picks up right where the last one ended and it might not be "worth seeing" but you could spend your money in worse ways. Just don't expect another "insidious" or "The Conjuring". Enjoy!