|Directed by:||J.A. Bayona|
|Written by:||Sergio G. Sánchez|
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Horror movies now-a-days don't seem to have the same impact like they used to. It's also very rare for a horror movie to have an in-depth storyline that tugs at the audiences emotions. I'm, happy to say that "The Orphanage" was able to pull off these two tasks.
From the opening shot of the film (a beautiful shot of the orphanage, with flower pedals flowing through the air), I knew the film was going to be good. The cinematography was excellent. Especially during the intense scene's, the use of shadows and darkness really added to the suspense.
Acting was pretty decent as well. I found that the woman playing the lead role did a good job at showing off all her emotions, and I actually cared for her character. Sometimes she was a little over dramatic, but it didn't bother me too much. The actor who played her husband did a fine job as well. In other words, there wasn't any bad acting in the film.
The soundtrack was exceptional for the most part. Like the acting, it sometimes became a little too intense at times, adding a little bit of corny-ness to the scene's. This is mostly in the beginning, and subsides a quarter into the film.
The storyline was very good for a horror film. It was full of mystery, and you don't know what's going on until the very end. Plus, it was very poignant as well... and that's hard to do in a horror film.
That being said, I would totally recommend this film. After watching it, it will stick with you (you won't forget it as soon as you walk out the theater). It's full of suspense, mystery, some horrific visuals, and an awesome emotional ending. See it!