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Black Don’t Crack
February 17, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I went to see the new Harry Potter, er, I mean Daniel Radcliffe movie, The Woman In Black, on Wednesday. I remember seeing the trailer for it and thinking it looked like a fun ride. It was!

First off, a synopsis for those unfamiliar with the premise: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Now I knew that Dark Castle has been remaking William Castle films (in the beginning, but have since done other non Castle films), like The House On Haunted Hill, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, etc. WELL, what I didn’t know was that Hammer Films had had a revival and that this film (The Woman In Black) was one of those productions. Interesting! I always enjoyed Hammer films of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

I was curious if Radcliffe was going to be able to escape the pigeonhole of such an iconic character as Harry Potter, but from the trailer alone, I felt like he had a shot. Well, after seeing the film, I definitely think he has a future as a believable character in other roles, but like a friend mentioned, we can’t picture him expanding beyond British characters. But hey, we could be wrong. In the end, he was very good in this role.

The movie had a great look to it, shot in a palette of grays and blues. Very atmospheric. Very cold and oppressive in it’s scope. Perfect for a ghost story.

I also liked the supporting actors. I felt like they complimented the era of the film and no one was unrealistically attractive or overly groomed. It was a period peace and everything from the sets to the locations was well done. The kids in the film were a little ‘off’, and not in a weird sense, but in a time period sense. I felt like their looks were a little too contemporary for the time period (the end of the Victorian era).

I thought the premise was good, though I did see a lot of the ‘scares’ coming (sorry, it’s the horror movie nut in me), though it was still a good, suspenseful ghost story, which is what I was looking for.

My only complaint would be that I felt like the ending tacked on too much ‘explanation’, possibly for the Duh Generation that needs to have all their questions answered and wrapped up in a neat little package. Personally, without giving anything away, I felt like the ending would have been more affective had it ceased 5-8 minutes earlier than it did. However, overall, I enjoyed the movie and it was worth seeing. I’m curious to see where Radcliffe goes from here. Recommend.

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