Movie Review: The Woman in Black (2012)
The movie opens with fuzzy flashes of a couple getting married and then a woman being pregnant next thing you know Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is standing in front of a mirror obviously upset. In the next scene it turns out that Mr. Kipps has a young boy named Joseph (Misha Handley), Mr. Kipps’ wife passed away during child-birth. Arthur is a lawyer during the 19th century clearly still mourning the death of his wife is giving an assignment from work to go into a small town and finalize some papers left behind at a very old house after the former resident dies. Arthur’s law firm makes it very clear that if he doesn’s complete his job he will be let go. After one long train ride after another Arthur wakes to a man, Daily (Ciaran Hinds), going to the same village. Daily becomes one of the only friendly faces Arthur encounters on his journey. The village residents are very cut off and cold to Arthur Kipps arrival trying to get him to leave the village and not investigate the home in question. The house is very secluded from the rest on the village, located on a small island where the access road gets flooded over during high tide making it impossible for visitors to enter or exit the island. Arthur Kipps pays a local to take him to the home to start his work, when he arrives the house looks old and like it hasn’t been touched in many years. Children start dying and the villagers seem to know why, the woman in black.
I was really looking forward to seeing Daniel Radcliffe in his first movie since the Harry Potter series. Being a huge Harry Potter fan I already knew Daniel could be a very diverse actor, and he was. I felt the acting was great everyone flowed for the most part. My least favorite was the woman in black, Jannet, played by Liz White just felt her character didn’t really develop as much as it could have when she came into a scene she was either just standing there or screaming AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!
The story line didn’t develop as much as I hoped the movie definitely had a creepy feel and I am not going to lie I jumped a few times mainly from loud noises or people screaming in the theater. You were let in on small bits and pieces of the background of some characters but not enough to feel for them. They really did press the envelope by showing children dying and commiting suicide not something you usually see in movies. I felt there could have been more the this movie. Arthur Kipps is a lawyer just trying to settle papers so a house could sell not an investigator but i wanted to know more about the town, why they stayed if they knew about the horrible things the woman in black was doing, and there were other unanswered questions.
The ambiance of the movie was good the music fit every scene and helped to create a creeping feeling through out. If I was in a unformilar place with no lights and this background music I would be pretty scared because of the anticipation of something about to go wrong. Would I see “the Woman in Black” again? probably not just because I know what happens now. I would say see it in theaters though. There were a lot of younger kids in the theater so lots of chatter but the surround sound helped the movie along and people’s reactions are pretty entertaining. the movie over all was good I just wish the story developed more than it did. There was a surprise ending that I somewhat expected but i didn’t expect the twist.