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The Woman In Black Movie Review (Dante Novario)

The movie starts with lawyer Arthur Kipps, played by a very reserved Daniel Radcliff, as he is about to depart to handle the estate of Alice Deblow, who was the previous owner of the Eel Marsh, a house located in the middle of a marsh that is only accessible for part of the day. Despite the people of the town’s warnings not to go near the Marsh, Arthur journeys there anyway and starts to unravel the mystery behind the Woman in Black.

The movie starts out simply enough, but quickly descends into confusion and repetitiveness. Let’s get this straight, the movie is scary. There are jump scares about every ten minutes, but it never really develops into anything truly unsettling. The movie has a lot of potential that it never truly sees out. The scariest parts of the movie could almost be credited to the locations and cinematography chosen for the film. The images of a single cross on a deserted marsh or that of the abandoned mansion will not leave the viewer’s mind anytime soon. The film would have probably worked better if its slow build had a decent pay-off at the end, instead of just throwing random jump scares at the viewers with little resolution to the story.

Daniel Radcliff nails the emotional scenes, proving that he can nail a scene given the right material, but seems to fall flat during the scarier parts. Whether he is reviewing his notes, watching children set themselves on fire or noticing that a dead spirits running at him, he seems to have the same, slightly concerned look on his face. I do not know if he was trying to portray that 18th century men were emotionless in face of their fears, but it would have been nice to see some genuine reactions to the crazy paranormal occurrences in the house.

The movie also has many plot holes that make the viewer suspend their disbelief a little too much. How did Arthur find the body of the little boy, which had been deemed “unrecoverable,” in about five minutes?  Why did no one in the town warn Arthur about the woman before he went to the marsh? Why did the woman take her revenge upon the town people, who had nothing to do with her misery? It’s the questions like these that will leave the viewer not fully satisfied with the conclusion and the reason why this movie will likely not fall into the horror-hall-of-fame category.

If you are looking for a movie to go out and have a little fun getting scared at, then check out The Woman in Black. It’s a pretty decent popcorn flick which is teeming with jump scares. Although it never lives up to its full potential, it is not a waste of time and can still be appreciated for the haunting imagery and suspense that it brings to the table.

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