As a fan of movies like “The Exorcist” and even “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and a big fan of Anthony Hopkins, I’ve been looking forward to seeing “The Rite” since I saw the trailer for it. I finally got the chance to get out and see this movie last night.
So I sat down with my 5 gallon bucket of popcorn, 20 pack of licorice, box of chocolates, hot dog, nachos, ice cream sandwich and 64 ounce diet soda, leaned back in my chair and prepared to be awed. I’ve had really high hopes for this movie and was fully ready for it to be the best film I’ve seen in a long time.
Now while I am not going to say this was a bad time I will say that it was, unfortunately, not nearly as good as I hoped it would be.
For the most part the acting was solid. The effects were pretty decent and the story, which is “inspired by true events” (which really means that the writer heard of the background event and then wove this tale around it) was good, it was just a bit dull for my liking. For whatever reason, the writer chose to make things a little bit TOO “down to earth”.
Now, I’ll admit that there were some things which happened and made me jump a little. Other things gave me the heeby-jeebies and one thing, in particular just made me go “ok, wtf?!” but all in all it was just a little TOO tame and a little too grounded. I mean, it’s an exorcism movie. I want to see shit flying around the room. I want to hear demons talking backwards and souls screaming.
Minor spoilers below…you’ve been warned. Skip the next paragraph if you’re a die-hard.
Also…Mr. Faithless Priest…well, he was a little TOO faithless. There were some things that happened which, if I’d seen them, would have me kissing the father’s feet at the next mass, begging him to take my confession and save my eternal soul and this guy just blew them off like they were nothing…I feel like he held on to that crisis of faith a little too long.
No more spoilers…
All in all it was an enjoyable movie and maybe I’m just being hard on it because I hoped for so much but I really think it could have been done a lot better and, as much as it pains me to do so, I’m going to say that you shouldn’t go into it with high expectations.