Movie Summary: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
My Review: Have I told you that I love a good English ghost story? The Others with Nicole Kidman is one of my all time favorites. With that being said, I had high expectations for this story.
The movie begins right out the gate with the horrific suicide of three little girls. Graphic and to the point, the movie follows a steady course to reveal a small village ravaged by a curse. Young children mysteriously die, all while the image of a woman in black appears before these children's untimely deaths.
With the arrival of a young attorney who must go through the mounds of papers, left behind by an recently deceased old woman's estate, begins to stir the energy within the town, as he too begins to see this infamous woman in black. Intrigued, he digs deeper into the lore behind this ominous spirit and begins to piece together the mystery behind her rage.
I must start first with Daniel Radcliffe's performance. He was absolutely riveting as the young attorney, who is also a widowed father. I was blown away at his realistic portrayal. He did a great job. In simple terms, this kid can act.
But I wasn't extremely impressed with ghost itself. Let me rephrase that, there are definitely nail-biting scenes, and I definitely covered my eyes in a few scenes. It's just that I didn't feel fully satisfied with the story itself. Visually, the director was spot on. Plot wise, it was only ok for me.
However, I would still highly recommend this film while it's in theaters. It is very well acted, and scary at just the right moments. It is quite the solid ghost story. My complaints are honestly few, only that I didn't care for the ending. I like resolution and I didn't get it. But, it's still a damn great ride the entire way through and Radcliffe has become one of my favorite actors. Many might say that he didn't look the age of a young attorney/father. I beg to differ. He absolutely pulled it off. Radcliffe is actually what made the film so good in my opinion.
So should you see it? YES! The Woman In Black is playing in theaters now.
Cast and Credit:
Directed by James Watkins
Roger Allam-Mr. Bentley