First of all, I watched this movie the same day as Platoon, and I almost fell asleep in this one as well but didn’t because I truly wanted to see what was happening. The Orphanage is much like The Others or similar movies where a family moves into this old house which use to be the woman’s orphanage when she was younger. Her adopted son meets some imaginary friends, then her son goes missing, and spirits toy with her.
It was interesting to watch and is classic of Guillermo del Toro. But I would have like it to be in English. Reading subtitles really takes away some from the movie for me. It’s extra work that I wouldn’t like to have, especially during a movie that’s considered horror. Some movies with subtitles are fine… like Lion or any other movies we’ve watched that try to convey different nationalities and how people live in other countries. But a movie that I would totally watch here and want to be scared during… just doesn’t work for me.
I thought the acting was good from what I can tell. Belen Rueda plays the main character, the mother that KNOWS her son was taken by some kind of spirits and does everything possible to figure out the reasons behind it and the WHO is there. Everything else about the movie is alright. The ending I felt was typical for how the story was going, and I probably would have done the same thing if I didn’t want to go “happy” if I was the writer.
I thought the masks were creepy, but other than that it didn’t really scare me. I’m going to go with an “okay” for this movie. It’s probably worth the watch if you like foreign films by known directors, but I wouldn’t choose to watch it again. (2.5/5).
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