Winchester (2018)

At best, this haunted house entry is passable, ho-hum stuff. Helen Mirren brings a significant amount of class and dignity to what could have been a negligible role and her cache makes the film that surrounds her seem superior than it is for a significant duration of its running time. However, despite its ninety-ish minutes running time the movie runs out of steam by the last half hour, and Mirren’s strong performance gets lost in the noise and fury (a comparison to Lili Taylor in 1999’s “The Haunting” could be made). Leading man Jason Clarke is pretty forgettable despite no shortage of Christian Bale-lite attempts at intensity, which makes the central conflict involving him and a traumatic recent past fall flat. There aren’t many reasons to watch this beyond Mirren’s participation.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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