Deciding whether or not to spend the money to see the Winchester movie? Read this first.
So I love historical movies especially if they are based off of or inspired by true events. I've always found spooky places to be pretty intriguing. That could be why I've been to the Winchester Mansion a good three to four times. If you haven't been you should definitely go. If you wanna get a little freaked out try the night tours!
Any who, so when I first saw the trailer to this movie I was super excited because one Helen Mirren is an amazing actress two, the movie was about the Winchester Mansion...need I say more. So I went to check it out the day after it was released and here are my thoughts.
IT'S NOT A HORROR MOVIE
So don't expect it to be. Does it have scary movie elements? For sure! But the level of scary is about a 6 out of 10. Mostly what it is are jumpy moments when things are not what they seem or shit pops up outta nowhere. No lie I jumped quite a few times during the movie then turned around and laughed at myself for being scared. This movie is not super scary so don't worry if you're a big scaredy cat like me when it comes to horror movies.
PILOT LINE IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
Good news right! There is a lot more too it than just ghosts and a hunted house of a crazy lady that own a gun company. The pilot line is different in that there are a few twist and turns that I for sure didn't see coming. I enjoyed the way the movie ended as it made me say out loud in the theater, "Oh hell no." If you're the type of person that tends to figure out the pilot to movies easily this one is fairly easy to figure out. You can decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing. However, if you're me and you like to enjoy the ride the movie takes you on it's good for that too.
ACTING BOMB. SPECIAL EFFECTS DECENT.
So this is for those that enjoy how movies are made and those that are in the industry themselves. The acting was pretty freakin' amazing, Helen Mirren, psshhh love her that's all I gotta say about that. The rest of the cast did quite well too but I have a bias towards Helen...sorry not sorry. As for the special effects, well the ghosts were cool but technically overdone in my opinion and there is a certain scene at the end of the movie where you can see the rebuilding of the Winchester Mansion but it looks fake. Like I was sitting there as thinking, "y'all could've done that one better."
On the SLAY SCALE I say this movie is a 7 out of 10. If you love the story of the Winchester Mansion I feel like you're more inclined to want to see this movie. I do wish that they touched on Mrs. Winchester's character more and told me more about her or maybe had more of a story based on truth verses inspired by the truth. I understand making things entertaining and this was just that but the storyline did take a turn into the cliche a number of times. All in all, I didn't hate it, I felt like it was worth my $13 and I got a few laughs out of it from the jumpy parts.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think about it!