- Jun 08
- THE WOMAN IN BLACK: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 08/06/12 at 05:30 PM
Director: James Watkins. Review: Adam Wing.
Based on the classic ghost story by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black sees Daniel Radcliffe make a clean break from all things Hogwarts and Hermione. It tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a young solicitor who is forced to leave his young son (Misha Handley) and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of Alice Drablow, the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. His wife died in childbirth, leaving Arthur alone to raise their child. Though he’s working by himself, Kipps senses that he’s not alone in the mansion, a theory backed up by the sound of footsteps and a mysterious figure big on surprises. The locals clearly don’t want him around – “Don’t go chasing shadows Arthur” – but Kipps is unfazed by the lack of hospitality and starts to uncover the tragic secrets that threaten them all.
Local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances and Kipps must find a way to break the woman in black’s cycle of terror, without the aid of magic wands and hocus-pocus. Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Stardust, Kick Ass and wife of Jonathan Ross) was brought on board to write the screenplay, with director James Watkins making his highly anticipated follow up to Eden Lake - a taut, terrifying thriller that deserves a place in everybody’s collection. They are joined on their journey by Jessica Raine, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer, who do their best to look suspicious and ignore the fact that Radcliffe is way too young for the role of Kipps - the beard he sports is fooling nobod...Continue reading review.
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