I had high hopes for The Orphanage, after all Guillermo del Toro doesn’t produce just any movie, right?
Sadly, I was disappointed. Not only by the lack of beautiful imagery, but also by the lack of suspense. I remember seeing the trailer for this, thinking that it looked terrifying. The trailer was actually more frightening than the film itself.
The majority of the movie was downright boring. There were a few glimpses of hope as it moved along, but overall, there was a lot of “hurry up and get on with it” being thought, while I watched the movie. I kept thinking that something scary was going to happen, and I’d jump, but it didn’t.
The Orphanage could have been brilliant. The idea behind the story is pretty decent. I mean, who isn’t afraid of a haunted house where kids were killed? That’s some messed up stuff. It was unfortunate that it wasn’t executed very well at all. The way the story was told was very boring, and somewhat confusing. It’s another one of those “we tried to make an ‘aha!’ ending, and just confused the hell out of you” types of movies. The downside, is that you don’t want to sit and figure this one out.
If you’re yearning for a Guillermo del Toro flick, check out Hell Boy, or wait for the sequel to it.
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