The Woman In Black

May 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Posted in 2012 | 1 Comment

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Does this film answer the question, “can Daniel Radcliffe really act?”  I honestly don’t know but it does answer the question, “how seriously does he take his craft?”  Very.  This very standard gothic spook-fest hits all the right notes.  It is genuinely creepy without being the least bit gory.  The mood, scenery, set pieces, lighting, music, lack of music, acting (oh, especially that) are all gothic perfection.  This is a thoroughly Edwardian ghost story that gave me goose bumps more than once and provided a few good starts (though, admittedly, that is not hard to do to me).  Now, this is not Scorsese; nuance was not required of Mr. Radcliffe, but I could see the veins in his head positively pulsing with the effort of trying to get this exactly right.  And, to his credit, I think he did.  It would appear he is not a natural (like young Dekota Fanning) but rather he will carve for himself a set of skill through sheer force of will.  If this is true, he will find himself in good company; that is the category I would put Sean Penn in.

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  1. […] to his skill. In the past, I have had my doubts about Radcliffe, going so far as to claim in 2012 that “I could see the veins in his head positively pulsing with the effort of trying to […]


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