To be honest, its genericism, insufficient grip in drama/horror, and sparse pathos fully lost me around the 45-minute mark, making it impossible to focus and thus read the subtitles. I couldn't tell you if it got better. But, I frankly don't care even if it did... that amount of time is too long to not entice the viewer. Frankly, the script needed to have undergone rewrites. Plaza, unfortunately, stumbled here.
If the last 100 years of horror movies have taught us anything, it's that nothing good comes from trying to contact the dead through the medium of the ouija board. "Veronica" won't hold any surprises for viewers who have already seen the likes of "The Conjuring" and "Ouija: Origin of Evil," and the 'based on a true story' aspect is mostly a gimmick, but it's nice to see Paco Plaza branch out from the [REC] series.
I'm never really gonna be the guy for movies featuring Ouija boards and demons-or-whatever stalking girls. It doesn't help that even a wildly imaginative filmmaker is gonna have trouble (circa 2018) in finding new ways to get rubes to jump out of their seats. There is nothing much new in VERONICA. It is very well made. Sandra Escacena fascinated me. I feel like it was a power move going w/ a girl w/ braces.
A mess with a strange soundtrack and a mood that it can't ever lock down. Plaza does interesting things when he gets his demon out but lacks consistency and style almost totally. A few tiny little scares to be had and Sandra Escacena does the most with shockingly little.
I bought into the the hype surrounding this movie. I would advise you not to make that same mistake. Stylistically it isn't too bad don't get me wrong. However, it doesn't transcend the zillion standard horror movies you've seen so far.
There's moments when the atmosphere and camera work that I want this film to work and just at the points when I'm immersing myself a shitty CGI jump scare pulls me back out and breaks the mode. We also have a spooky blind nun in the film that serves no purpose, no really, ask yourself what the point of her being there was?! I'm disappointed, the soundtrack and acting seem all there but the tone is all over the place.