Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Woman In Black: 8/10

Release Date: 10th February 2012
Length: 1 hr 35 mins
Rating: 12A

The Woman in Black: The first film I have seen Daniel Radcliffe in since Harry Potter 7.2. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that the first 20 minutes of the film were spent with me mentally comparing the film with things that happen in Harry Potter: He's looking in a mirror? Erised! He's getting a train? Hogwarts Express! He's poor? Well, his parents left a hefty sum of gold in Gringotts. Oh, wait. Wrong film.

After a while though, I got used to the fact that Daniel Radcliffe is an actor, not Harry Potter's non-super alter ego. Then I realised that actually, he's an OK actor when he's not drunk on set.

The story starts off with a nice gentle build up. Daniel Radcliffe, short on money and in mourning from the death of his wife, has to leave his young son and travel to a remote part of Britain to sort through the paperwork of a recently deceased and eccentric lady.

When he arrives in the village, almost immediately strange and dire things begin to happen. The mansion is haunted by the sister of the deceased, for reasons which unfold during the film, and the visual effects are so eery and sudden that you feel on edge for 3/4 of the film just waiting for the next jump moment to happen!

The effects are so good, and the tense moments so carefully arranged, that even though you can guess what is going to happen and pinpoint when, you still jump! Daniel Radcliffe's acting is better than anticipated; I don't think I have given him enough credit, or else this change of genre has really given him a chance to mature into a different kind of actor altogether. The other actors in the film are brilliant, too, particularly the other young children. So, 8/10 from me.

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