Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) – Harry Potter All Grown Up
As many will attest, I am not a fan of Horror movies. I loathe them. I have many reasons, but I find the genre to have become gratuitous and exploitative in the last decade or so. However, I decided to watch one ‘horror’ flick recently, solely because I was curious as to what Harry Potter was doing after his films ended. I was pleasantly surprised by both Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, as well as the movie itself.
3 Out Of 5 Stars
Following the formula of the traditional horror / ghost movie, THE WOMAN IN BLACK features a story about the tragic death of a woman. The reasons surrounding her death cause a small town to be haunted, and the arrival of a Lawyer into the house where she died, kick starts a chain of events that the young Lawyer has to unravel, at the risk of his own life.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a very simple and straightforward movie; showcasing the typical ghost story we all know and love. However, such a movie after so long and after so many films of bloodletting and gore, is incredibly refreshing.
This movie relies more on the traditional, dare I say, classic elements of horror films through the use of the music, the actors’ performances and over all unwavering camera work to invoke the scares. There are no rivers of blood or gaping wounds or hysteric screaming. There is simply Daniel Radcliffe.much better weapon than a wand…
THE WOMAN IN BLACK is his first movie after the HARRY POTTER Films, and man does he knock it outta the park! The entire film rests solely upon Radcliffe’s shoulders. Unlike the Potter films, there is no veteran-supporting cast to take the weight of the film off of him.
Radcliffe gives us an intense performance of a man that wants to provide for his son, and facing supernatural concepts and possible death in order to do so. It’s a great role, majority of which is spent being on screen completely in isolation and reacting to the scary house. It’s superbly played by the young, former child actor.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK is an out and out ghost tale. It’s a classic approach that was all but forgotten. The intense music rising and falling at appropriate times, the suspense driven revelations of the story and the eerie house are all staples of the ghost story, properly utilized after a long time.
It’s a short movie, which works to its advantage as the slow moving scenes could’ve been dragged out if it was longer than it was. Here’s hoping that Radcliffe continues his foray into grown up cinema with more dramatic work such as THE WOMAN IN BLACK.
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