The Nun 2 arrives as a followup to the 2018 gothic horror film “The Nun”. The original film left audiences divided with its polished visuals but ultimately nonsensical storyline and jump-scare tactics. However, the sequel takes the opportunity to build upon the premise and characters, resulting in a film that surpasses its predecessor.
The movie picks up after the events of the first film, as a sinister evil force, Valak, begins to spread throughout a town in France in 1956 following the violent murder of a priest. Sister Irene, a contemplative nun, embarks on an investigation to uncover the truth behind the murder. Soon, she realizes that Valak, the same malevolent entity that terrorized her in the original film, is behind the new wave of supernatural events.
“The Nun 2” surprises with its improvements over the original, offering a more compelling and satisfying horror experience. While it still includes its share of cheap scares and unintentionally funny moments, it manages to strike a better balance between horror and storytelling.
One of the most significant improvements is the pacing and character development. The film takes its time to flesh out the characters and their dynamics before diving into the supernatural elements. This slower build-up allows the audience to connect with the characters on a deeper level, making the impending terror more gripping.
The dialogue in the film occasionally ventures into the realm of cheesiness, but it is offset by the sincerity of the characters. This sincerity adds emotional depth to the film and enhances the impact of its perilous moments.
“The Nun 2” isn’t without its flaws, but it succeeds in improving upon the weaknesses of its predecessor. It displays flashes of directorial skill and restraint, making it a more engaging and well-rounded horror film. While not a masterpiece, it manages to provide a genuinely enjoyable horror experience.
For those who were disappointed by the first installment, “The Nun 2” offers hope that this horror franchise can get back on track and deliver more satisfying entries in the future.