Film Review: The Woman in Black


The intriguing question raised by this film is why Daniel Radcliffe signed up for it in the first place. Surely the former Harry Potter has accumulated enough gumption (not to mention sufficient cash) to be able to turn down a role in a standard screamer.

But, no. Here’s Dan creeping about in an isolated, fog-enshrouded mansion in the middle of the night, letting the audience peer behind him, waiting for that shadow to move.

For the record, here’s the plot. It’s England in the 1920s. Dan plays recently-widowed young lawyer Arthur Kipps, forced to leave his young son in care of a nursemaid in order to go and tidy up the affairs of a recently-deceased client who lived in said isolated mansion built on an isthmus outside a remote Yorkshire village where a mysterious entity is killing children. Got it? Good. Now you don’t have to go see the movie.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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