Day #143: Jessabelle (2014)

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Jessabelle (2014) IMDB

Synopsis:

[From IMDB:] Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

My take:

Before I get into the movie itself, this is one of those occasions where I was sold on the movie almost completely based on the poster art. It’s pretty darn cool looking.

As for the movie itself, well, I do have some issues. The pacing is slow enough at times (and it should be noted that it’s a slow burner overall) that it’s distracting; there are some questionable moments in the plot – which is to say that, while I wouldn’t necessarily go as far as to call them plot holes, they were certainly ‘wait, what?’ worthy; and, purely from the standpoint of someone who was at least vaguely invested in the story, man, the ending is harsh – even if it’s not necessarily original.

There were moments at which it seemed like an opportunity to expand on certain moments/plot points were missed, which was a little disappointing – particularly since the big reveal at the end of the movie relies heavily on the idea that Jessie has been able to put together a whole lot of pieces of a narrative puzzle in order to come to her conclusion, despite little being done in the way of laying that groundwork throughout the movie.

With all of that being said, though, Jessabelle isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not great, either.

It’s…”okay”. Yeah. Okay.

On a slightly spoilerish note (so, y’know, spoiler warning and all), it put me in mind of The Skeleton Key. There was a similar feel to it, even with the differences in their plots.

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