Movie Review: The Turning

The Turning
Posted on 02/05/2020
The TurningThe Turning Review
Chayton Harris
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The Turning is a horror/thriller movie from the minds behind gems such as The Conjuring and Annabelle. The movie is about Kate Mandell, a nanny who takes a job at a mansion in Maine. The children Miles (Finn Wolfhard) and Flora (Brooklynn Prince) are mentally and emotionally distant, as their parents were killed in an accident just outside of their driveway. Kate soon starts experiencing strange happenings and suspects that something is extremely wrong. The movie’s concept is great but is poorly played out. That is not to say, however, that this movie does not have its highlights.

The Turning was an interesting adaptation of Henry James’ novel The Turning of the Screw. Wolfhard’s character is very unsettling at times and Wolfhard encapsulates this role with expertise, as he does any other role he has done. However, I feel that some events in the movie were forced, such as the overused “dirty mirror” jumpscares. Kate is looking in a mirror and SURPRISE yet another phantom stalking in her reflection. One thing the movie did correctly was the portrayal of Kate and Flora’s relationship. Flora is an eight-year-old girl who takes very kindly to Kate very early on. It is a great “Mother-Daughter” relationship without Kate necessarily being her mother.

One final thought I’m going to leave off with is that The Turning has an extremely talented cast and great design, but overall it just suffers from things like a slow and dry plot, and the ending is very abrupt and unnecessarily secretive.


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