The Woman in Black promises to be the scariest movie of the year, even thou there is really nothing to compare it to at the time of this review. However, The Woman in Black does possess something we can’t ignore… Fear.
The movie follows Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.
The Woman in Black marks Radcliffe’s first movie after bidding farewell to the lovable character of Harry Potter. Diving head first, he submerges into the role, shaking off any trace of the wizard. Giving “The Woman in Black” the performance it needed for any chance of success.
The storyline is not groundbreaking and the premise of the entire plot is set very simple, allowing the complexity to be set by the audience. As the film develops, you (the audience) will be glued to the edge of your seat just to be forced back as the film introduces simple, yet efficient scares throughout the story.
In the skim of things, The Woman in Black is a breath of fresh air. When every other film relies heavily in cheap scares, The Woman in Black giving us real chills, on top of that, a very good ghost story. While a few may find the film a bit slow, most will give it the chance that it deserves.
If you are looking for a good thrill, check out The Woman in Black, but beware of hitchhiking ghost…