“The Woman in Black”
3.5 out of 4 Movie Beans
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer
Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) is a lawyer in a tight position. Raising his son after his wife passed away during labour and trying to maintain his job has been very difficult. When his law firm tells him that the only way he can keep his job is to close the estate of a woman who passed away by going through the papers in her house, he leaves on a train almost immediately. It seems that it will be an easy enough assignment until he reaches the town. He is met with coldness and disdain, though he doesn’t quite know what is going on. When he finally reaches the old house and begins his work, he encounters noises and a ghostly figure of a woman in black. Unfortunately for Kipps, he does not know that when someone sees the woman in black, a child is destined to die.
I was a little skeptical going into this flick. First off, I wasn’t sure if I could get past the idea of Harry Potter as an old-time, London lawyer. But only once did I have the urge to yell, “just use your wand!” at the screen. This movie is masterfully done. The suspense, the cinematography. I always find that a film is much scarier when the evil isn’t in your face from the get go. Little glimpses here and there, from a distance or simply brief, are far more effective than a digital showcase of how scary something is. Let our minds do a little work and it is far superior. I actually had some trouble sleeping the night after I watched it. So if you are someone easily rattled by a scary movie, do not go see this one alone! The writing, the acting and style of the film really draw you in.
Special Movie Bean Salute : Daniel Radcliffe, cause he could easily live the rest of his life on what he made with HP series and phone in his performances.
“The Woman in Black” is playing all over Ottawa, check Cinemaclock – Ottawa for details.
Jennifer “Jennybean” Walker
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