Woman in Black

7 Mar

Horror….or comedy?


A widowed London lawyer gets called to an isolated village to sort through the legal documents for a deceased client. He plans to go there for a few days, to be joined by his young son and nanny at the weekend. Upon his arrival it is clear his visit is unwelcome, and the villagers do anything they can to make him return to London. When he finally arrives to the spooky house on an island to begin sorting through the documents, he quickly realises that the area is haunted by an evil woman, a woman with a taste for murdering children….


Where do I begin? Firstly let me set the scene, I have not seen the theatre production, and I went into this film without even knowing what it was about. Hence no preconceptions at all. Obviously I suspected it would be of a ‘scary’ genre (the word black gave it away) and I knew Daniel Radcliffe was in it. Having only seen one Harry Potter film five years ago, again I had no prior opinion about his acting skill. All this background information is to justify why I feel it was one of the most mediocre films I have ever seen (and I have seen Nude nuns with big guns, trust me I have watched some awful movies)People actualy walked out of the cinema, some people gave false / real gasps of fear, and others laughed. It felt more like a comedy, it was so predictable and the scary parts were so bad that you had to laugh. To be technical here are the main problems:

– The plot is quite shallow, an unforgiving ghost is hardly a new concept.
– Daniel Radcliffe makes an unconvincing father and lawyer (he looks about 12 years old!)
– If every window has a scary face in it, and every door you see slams shut spookliy, it desensitises the viewers, and they will not become scared.

The (vaguely) redeeming feature of this film (please do not pay full price to see it, go on orange wednesday!) is that towards the end you do get a few ‘jumps’ and it is so talked about at the minute it is almost worth going to see it, just to be on team not scared or team that was briliant. The little boy who lays the lawyers son however is very cute, and he is actually Daniel Radcliffes nephew in real life.

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