The Woman in Black Reviews
December 27, 2014
One of the best out there lately
April 21, 2014
The Woman in Black is a horror film with bags of scares, screams and
good old edge of the seat moments, maybe the scariest thing ever but
still can send chills down your back(and that's just the bleak setting
of this film). With a good cast that deliver it well to the story which
seems like it would be so much easier to predict than it was, you can
really enjoy this film to the max and if you kind of forget a little of
what the more in depth stuff, it is enjoyable anyhow. I felt this was
strongly a kind of good film and here is why below.
The story is really quite well done with scenes being done well and the
pacing never really picks which pace it wants to go at, but it works
out well in any sense. I felt the plot is as said previously kind of
one you feel will be easily predictable, now it isn't that hard but it
isn't easy and makes for a good mystery story surrounding the going's
on. I also did like the way the bleak setting makes the story even
better, with a small village who's population know something is wrong,
but have no idea behind the real truth of it all, just fun stuff.
Daniel Radcliffe attempts to throw the cape of Harry Potter of his
shoulders and start a new film career away from the series, and he does
an OK job with a solid performance, not always good but a good start
after such a long series for him. Supporting cast do a good job and
with some lesser known faces involved, I commend the film for branching
out with it's talent scouts. Ciaran Hinds is at his best as ever and
although I felt could have been used slightly more in scarier moments,
still manages a good performance here.
Written really well with a script that sometimes can be the focus of
times, the film isn't afraid to leave the more thrilling moments to
pursue it's dramatic interests, and the script helps greatly with
making them scenes bearable. I enjoyed the bleak locale with darkened
houses and the sun never quite seems to shine, it sets up very well for
the even darker house that Radcliffe finally encounters the Woman In
Black, very scary looking indeed so commendation to the costume
The film does hold back when scary and sometimes isn't that that scary,
it is however not too bad and mostly is genuinely frightening but some
bits seem to obvious. You could say it just follows the plot of the
similar horror movies we see and it kind of does, although as said hard
to predict, the set up and even the ending are more staples in Horror
movie film. Finally here I will say the film needn't not introduce
Radcliffe's back story so much, and even though it isn't bad, it can
take up vital scene time as the movie is quite a short one.
Horror movie fans will enjoy this with it's scarier moments but may not
enjoy the more dramatic scenes, but horror fans who like a deep and
dark under story should enjoy this very much so. I have seen Harry
Potter fans parents complain it is too scary, just a note, this is not
Harry Potter and not near it, Radcliffe is simply hanging his boots up
and moving on with his career, and he does a pretty good job here if
truth be told.
Overall will give it a C+, a Strongly Pretty Good movie with not
that much room to grow, but nevertheless the job it does it fine enough
to make an entertaining piece. I did at parts feel underwhelmed and
maybe wanted the movie to just finish, but once you firmly get your
head into the plot, you can sit back and enjoy the story and horror.
One last thing is that this movie is genuinely scary and will thrill
you, so watch with your eyes glued to the screen for maximum scare
February 16, 2012
Dealing in mountains of dread and a sprinkling of visceral thrills, "The Woman in Black" plays out almost exactly like a period version of "The Ring". In it, young widower lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), on routine legal business gets wrapped up in unraveling the mystery of the vengeful spirit of a spurned mother. Like "The Ring", we spend much of the film's run time getting to know tale behind the murderous ghost, but, unlike "The Ring", The Woman's back story still isn't necessarily as clear as we'd like it to be by the end of the film, just clear enough. Ultimately, The Woman's shallow back story serves its purpose as a reason for a vindictive ghost to carry on murdering the children of the local village.
As his first film away from the famous "Harry Potter" franchise, Radcliffe's performance is safe but disappointing. As a growing star who has had 8 movies previous with which to hone his leading man skills, you'd expect more from him. What we get is an appropriately brooding performance that still fails to exhibit the broad spectrum acting chops he should be showcasing if he hopes to break away from the moniker of "The Boy Who Lived".
As a horror film, "The Woman in Black" is a traditional ghost story full of all the scares you'd expect to fill the negative space of every dark frame. The entire film is absolutely soaked in foreboding. The muted palette, shrill strings, and somber tone betray no sunshine or happiness. And requisite jump scares build in frequency as Kipps delves deeper into the tale of The Woman as do the terror inducing ghostly encounters.
"The Woman in Black" may not have been the best first "post-Potter" project for Radcliffe, but he could have done a lot worse. The slow-burn pace of the film is refreshing in modern times, and, I have to say, this is the most scared I've been of a vengeance fueled female ghost since "The Ring". I just wish we had more meat with our potatoes and knew even more about The Woman before she decided to start killing everyone.
January 31, 2012
Really boring movie.
December 16, 2014
Suspenseful, spooky and entertaining this film is a very good horror movie to watch.
December 9, 2014
It's just good to see Daniel doing something else.
August 25, 2013
Beautifully crafted British horror film.
March 12, 2012
Solid, old-fashioned haunted house tale uses ambience, dim lighting and first-rate production design to create scares. Virtually no violence or gore, just some spooky old toys and an old woman who pops up from time to time. Daniel Radcliffe is ok as a young lawyer sent to the old mansion to settle the estate. What he finds is a mystery that could have been much more intriguing if fleshed out more. This film may have been a classic had there been a better mystery beneath the strange goings on. Instead, the result is still a very good ghost story that with a bit better writing, could have been great. Excellent slow-burn atmosphere though.
December 4, 2014
You have exactly what you pay for : a deserted mansion filled with ghosts that gives you chills (many of them), so you can forget the shallow scenario. It's hard to judge Radcliffe's performance, because his role is bound by the script, but he is convincing. The great surprise was the photography. Keeping with the dark and bleak general theme, Tim Maurice-Jones really shows some talent in several scenes.
January 30, 2012
I REALLY wanted to love this movie but even after a second viewing it unfortunately has nothing fresh or new and I found it to be too short and the ending abrupt. The scares are predictable and cliched with admittedly a few creepy moments (mostly due to the location) but pretty standard for the spiritual horror genre. I'm beyond tired of ghosts jumping out and startling people without actually causing them any harm for about 70% of the movies, what's the point of this? Danielle Radcliffe is good, interesting to see him play an adult character with a child; though his role is mostly reacting to the spooky things around him. The film's strongest aspect is the cinematography which uses some fun gags like close-ups on the creepy dolls' faces and a suspense-filled section in the middle. It's watchable, but you've seen many films like it before and I'm just not sold on the ending.
August 16, 2012
Daniel Radcliffe is unfortunately unconvincing as a father who has lost his wife and child. I found this consistently distracting from any moment where I was supposed to be feeling anything else.
November 17, 2014
A Must-see horror film. Will make you get into the story. I absolutely loved the end.
November 14, 2014
Harry Potter trying to delete Harry Potter from its past give a good shot at classic horror movies with the comeback of Hammer. The result is a fine flick not aiming too high but with the right gothic mood. British know better.
November 13, 2014
All I gotta say about this movie, is it creeped me the f@#k out.
October 26, 2014
Le plus intéressant de THE WOMAN IN BLACK est l'ambiance qui est maintenue tout au long. C'est sombre et intriguant et bien sûr, comme dans la plupart des films "d'épouvante" les personnages prennent des décisions parfois ridicules. Ça va de soit.
July 24, 2014
Excellent horror movie, with creepy atmosphere, good screeplay, original story, great protagonist.
May 17, 2012
Story is quite interesting and this movie is creepy. Plenty of places to jump and Daniel Radcliffe did a good job acting this movie.
November 2, 2014
I thought this movie was scary as hell, and did a fantastic job of getting in some old school thrills. Although....Daniel Radcliffe as a dad? Come on son.
November 2, 2014
Spooky tale that has its haunting moments. Daniel Radcilffes talent carries the classic story that grabs your attention with ice cold fingers and keeps you at the edge of your seat. Very traditional, dark british horror...