Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ReviewsByJames: The Woman in Black (2012)

The Woman in Black (2012)

The Woman in Black played out well as an excellent thriller that is anticipated to shock the viewers, and in several scenes, the movie rightfully pulled it off. The psychological scare factors that it presents were done well and had a throwback feel to it. The UK TV movie version that was released in winter of 1989 is highly praised as one of the creepiest British ghost stories ever made. This 2012 revival presented a lot of creepiness as well.

Daniel Radcliffe, plays Arthur Kipps, a down-on-his-luck attorney that has to sort out the documents and investigate if there is a will of a recently deceased woman that lived in a remote village. Set in early 1920’s in the country-side of England, it proposed the perfect setting for this kind of story. As soon as Kipps enters the small and quiet village, things are not quite right with the town. Children are dying and it is all blamed on the woman in black. 

Once Kipps enters the mansion of the deceased woman, the suspense starts to slowly build up. The buildup was a bit slow and when the rug is finally pulled right from under your feet, it felt a little bit too late. Don’t get me wrong, it had its shocking moments. The scene when Kipps finally sees the eerie activities in the upstairs room was done perfectly. It wasn’t too much that it came out as laughable. It was just enough to give the plot some credibility. The hanging scene was probably one of the best I’ve seen on the silver screen. You see the whole action of a hanged person and it was very cringe worthy. 

The story wasn’t all that unique. It’s a story that we all have read or seen at the movies several times in our lives. However, the presentation of the woman in black was the one thing this movie had over the rest. She was really friggin’ creepy looking. 

My only complaint is the ending. I thought they should’ve gone the opposite direction. With the trend of horror flicks nowadays, it was a bit predictable and I wished a curve ball was thrown at the audience. Besides that, Radcliffe convinced me that he has successfully stepped out of Harry Potter’s shadow and held his own in a role other than the young wizard. The 1920’s scenery set the mood for this movie. Director James Watkins did not disappoint. This is his second film that he directed (both were horror/suspense) and if he keeps it up, he’ll be a major player in those genres.



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