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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    The Woman in Black (2012)

    Director: James Watkins
    Lead Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, and Liz White
    Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense


    After the death of a young lawyer’s wife, Arthur Kipps was still on the stage of grief for years. He was left with responsibility of taking good care of his son, Joseph. The life being in misery, he needs to save his job due poor performance on his work. Taking the second chance given by his boss, he took off to settle the documents needed in the house located in rural area. Upon his arrival in the village, the local residents wanted to let him leave the place. The young lawyer refused and continues to do his task in the house, not long after he realized that the house is haunted by a black lady.



              In the early phase of the film story, the scene of feeling a mixed emotions portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe (Arthur Klipps), the death of his wife during the delivering her baby. The grief was so intense upon cuddling the baby. Through the years of being in grief, it is not normal in terms of recovering from his lost.

    In every episodes of death by the children in the remote place, it gives a chill in the spine to view the thrilling way of ending their lives. The film directed the scene with suspense and a spooky execution of the actors’ roles.

              The tales of the mystery of the Eel Marsh House remain untold, the people showed unwelcome to Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe). Along the way to place, he met Samuel Daily (Ciarán Hinds) in the train and acquainted with his wife Elisabeth Daily (Janet McTeer). In the film, I find it weird that Arthur’s associate named Jerome didn’t entertain him on regards to his primary task in the place. Arthur never tried to ask the reason behind, assuming that it is a part of the suspense scene for the viewers to be puzzled.

              The director showed the inner strength of persona to Daniel Radcliffe as he refused to go back to London. He showed the will to go the house, staying in the house made the feeling of awkwardness from him. The random unexplainable stumping of foot and strange noises in Manor made him curious and inspect the rooms. Finally, he witnessed the image of a lady wearing black dress.

             Along the outdoor activity, Arthur tempted to visit a police station. I am not sure if the incident is coincidence, since two boys are hurriedly bring their sister to the area and died. The question is, “Did he ever get any essential information there?”

             The most chilling moment is when Arthur is planning to go back to London with his son Joseph in the train station. The boy suddenly moved to the tracks of the train, thinking what happen of his nanny not looking after the child. While Radcliffe (Arthur) and Daily are talking to each other. The same scenario had happened with the other children died upon seeing the black lady. The place turned into darkness and Arthur saw a woman in white dress, realizing it was his wife and they walked through the train tracks.

    Rating: 7/10


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