The Woman in Black

Saturday, October 01 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

The Woman in Black

JOY REVIEW

The Woman in Black stars Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds but most importantly, Daniel Radcliffe, and I think the movie probably wouldn’t have been made without him.  It’s a Victorian horror story with unrepentant ghosts and vengeance, and set in the marshlands in a haunted house.  Daniel Radcliffe plays a young lawyer whose wife has died and he’s left with an adorable four-year-old son.  The plot is set up in the first couple of minutes that he’s about to lose his job if he doesn’t go and do a good job with this particular case.  As I said, it’s somewhat of a throwback to old Victorian novels and movies that scare the living daylights out of you.  I must be honest up front, because this is not my kind of movie because things are jumping out and sounds and clunks or whatever.  Having said that, he’s a compelling presence and really an interesting actor to watch.  It’s always amazing to me that casting directors can figure out by looking at kids what their bone structure is going to be 20 years down the road, as I said, not my kind of movie but good acting.  You feel like he’s going into kind of Hogwarts falling on hard times at the beginning, but for what it is, three stars.

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