Posted on 2/18/13 10:09 AM
Confident, very well executed and acted, The Woman In Black uses all the tricks in the book, unfortunently. The premise is not new and you can tell where the story is heading, but the setting and cinematography is so well handled, you're willing to forgive the clichés... but you just can't, cause you are bombarded by jump scares at every turn that use loud volume to affect you on the worse ways possible. Animal jump scare included. Faces in the mirror included. To someone as used to these gimmicks as me, it sometimes felt like a pathetic atempt to make you poo your pants desperately, when the atmosphere build-up in the first 20ish minutes was much more effective.
It still has the ability to tell it's story on a very visual manner, specially when the lead is alone in the haunted mansion and that is commendable. I'm tired of someone showing up with exposition to explain what I just saw and while you're alone in the house with the character, you get nothing but great atmospheric bits and good sound design. But as with the rest of the movie goes, later on, someone will show up to explain everything you witnessed before...