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A truly-scary British ghost story,
This review is from: The Woman in Black [DVD] (DVD)
I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of the Woman in Black (WIB) at the Royal Festival Hall and as a result, I feel compelled to sing the praises of this brilliant piece of British cinema before it has actually been released! So please forgive the early review.
The Woman in Black is based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill that has already been adapted into a play and a couple of television films of varying quality. As a result I was familiar with the story before seeing this as I am sure a lot of people will be. Unfortunately films like this then have to contend with the preconceptions of the audience, but let me assure you that the WIB is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as the young lawyer Arthur Kipps who is sent by his firm to a remote Yorkshire manor - Eel Marsh House - accessible only by a causeway at low-tide, to wrap up the estate of the recently deceased owner. Upon arrival, the locals are inhospitable except for one Mr Daily (Ciarán Hinds - The Debt) and all warn him not to meddle with the house & affairs. Writing it off as xenophobia, Kipps proceeds to work his way through the mountain of paperwork at the house, uncovering gruesome secrets of the past lives of the inhabitants. When strange noises in the supposedly-vacant house continue to disturb his work, he begins to investigate the rooms but what he uncovers has awful consequences for the locals and ultimately, himself. Will Arthur manage to end this reign of terror?
Adapted for the screen by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass & X-Men: First Class) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) produced by Hammer (yup, they're back!) and starring British talent, this truly is a British film from the ground up! And it doesn't disappoint, Radcliffe is fantastic, bearing in mind the majority of the film is solely him, he carries the film squarely on his shoulders with his emotive acting. The tension is ratcheted up throughout the film and ends in fever pitch. A truly original conception of the story and immaculately finished. The house is dark & foreboding without being ridiculous and the scares (of which, there are many) are terrifying but avoid gore & clichés.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough!!
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2012 17:01:00 GMT
I totally agree with this review, this is a truly psycological thriller and doesn't rely on digital stunts at all. Radcliffe has certainly matured and has now proved that he can more than convincingly play the part of somone older than his actual age. Purists might not approve of some changes to the original story but this did not spoil it for me.
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