The Woman In Black hit the silver screen last February 3rd 2012. Fans of the Harry Potter series anticipated this new movie of Daniel Radcliffe. There has been a lot of talk when it comes to The Woman In Black and Radcliffe’s performance in the film. So what did critics and movie fans think of The Woman In Black? Here’s a couple of review from different critics around the country:
“From a marketing standpoint, the casting of Daniel Radcliffe is a coup; it has elevated the profile of what might otherwise be an obscure release to that of a potential mainstream hit. However, in some ways, Radcliffe seems ill-suited for the part. He appears too young and his dramatic chops, despite having been honed during a decade growing up as Harry Potter, are questionable. His screen presence is less imposing than that of his co-stars, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer, both of whom command the camera’s attention while on-screen. Hinds is working on his second ghost story in a few years (the previous one being The Eclipse – no relationship to the film about sparkling vampires). His brooding persona is perfect for this sort of production – he exudes the confidence and reliability that provides viewers with an anchor. As for Radcliffe, he does a workmanlike job conveying world-weariness, even if the mood is in contrast with his youthful appearance. However, this is not a character-based piece. The star’s job description is that he be able to react convincingly to a variety of supernatural events and to endure being covered in mud. He has difficulty with neither.
The film ends on a note that could best be described as “bittersweet.” It certainly isn’t a conventional happy ending, yet it offers more lightness and hope than the previous 90 minutes. In short, it’s the perfect way to conclude the movie, even if it makes most of what precedes it feel a little irrelevant. There’s a definite sense of closure and, even though there’s a little bit of a twist, it’s hard to imagine even the most inattentive viewer not “getting it.” Watkins stacks the deck by tinkering with the look of the film during its waning moments.”
Another critic had a different take on Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman In Black. Here is a movie review from Rafer Guzman:
“An old-fashioned Gothic chiller, “The Woman in Black” marks Daniel Radcliffe’s first major movie project after his 11 years and eight films as Harry Potter. There’s some logic to the choice: It signals that the now-adult actor has outgrown his boy-wizard role, though it also sticks to PG-13-level frights that won’t traumatize his tween-age admirers.
What it doesn’t do is give Radcliffe any chance to act. He’s straitjacketed as Arthur Kipps, a widowed lawyer living in turn-of-the-20th-century London who cuts such a stiff, morose figure that his son, Joseph (Misha Handley), draws him with a frowny mouth. “That’s what your face looks like,” he says, and indeed it does, for the entire film.
Equally monotonous is the remote, fog-enshrouded village Kipps will soon visit. It turns out the local children are frequently murdered by a ghost dwelling in the decrepit Eel Marsh House, but that’s precisely where Kipps is headed to arrange the affairs of a recently deceased woman, and no amount of howling noises and self-rocking chairs will stop him. A new friend, Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds), pooh-poohs all the superstition, even though his wife (Janet McTeer) sometimes seems to channel their dead son.”
You can read the complete review at Newsday.com
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