Insidious: Chapter 2
Insidious: Chapter 2 is not a good movie, especially compared to the first film. With the original, a significant amount of the appeal comes from the fact that the large majority of the movie takes place in a single home with a single family and only broadens the scope once it earns it. Chapter 2, on the other hand, feels noticeably bigger right from the start. It’s almost as if James Wan and Leigh Whannell came up with so many great ways to expand the original story and didn’t want to part with them, so they wound up cramming them all in together. Each and every one works to a degree because they’re strong idea kernels, but they’re also noticeably thin. The overstuffed plot could keep newcomers from conjuring a connection to the material, but fans of the first have the benefit of having gotten to know and like the characters and that effect carries through. The narrative isn’t as tight as the first film, but it doesn’t have to be because the characters are right where you left them and the need to see their situation through makes the film immediately all consuming.