mum and dad
I saw the show of The Woman in Black years ago in London, and when I say, it was the scariest thing I have ever seen, I mean, it was the scariest thing I have ever seen. Watching the film of it, with Daniel Radcliffe, it wasn't scary, but that is for another review that I have realised I never did. This review is about the second one... "40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant." Now, just reading that, I realised I was wrong, I actually thought this happened before the first one was set.. Whoops.
But that's not the only thing I have only just realised about this film, it made me think in a way, some of what happened in it were left, at the time, open enough for you to try and work it all out for yourself.. I was wrong pretty much everytime though.
As I feel that wasn't that clear, or made that much sense, I'll explain. And warning, this might contain spoilers. The young boy, Edward, writes Eve a note from the Woman in Black, saying 'You let him go', any ideas? I had a few and I thought I was being really clever with them. Eve had just met the very very cute Pilot Harry and had just let him go home, to which he had acted a bit weird when he left. Harry did this weird little shake and shiver, making you think all sorts. Or me rather. This made me shout at my mum, "It's him! You let him go is about him!", thinking he had something to do with it all. And then the fact he kept wearing the same clothing - well that pushed me over the edge and I thought he was dead. Nope. I was way way off.
This happened a lot during this film, both me and my mum seemed to be thinking way too much into it and giving it better twists than it actually had. Twist wish, nothing jumped out, the story was a tried and tested story, of a vengeful ghost after a child, but, it did have things that stood out..
My mum said she was feeling like her cold was coming back and was feeling a bit tired, so I put this on to get her going again, and it worked. This is a tense film, like really tense film, I would say scary film, but most of it is just cheap scares, such as loud noises or faces thrown quickly towards the screen. This makes it scary, but not really thought out scary, it is very good at making you nervous though, all those dark rooms and noises, and that damn rocking chair. I hate that rocking chair. My poor mum was similar to me, she was very very tense. And I always know if something has really scared her and she will shout a word that begins with an S and ends in Hit, but to be family friendly, I'll let you work it out.
And even she was coming up with ideas of twists, I think we made this a much better film than it was. Twist and story line anyway. And I think we saw the problems in it being set in an old house and most of the time at night; bad lighting. Sometimes it was really unclear and difficult to see what was going on, and don't even get me started on Edward's notes... Had to pause the film to actually read them, and I don't need glasses.
All in all, I enjoyed this more than the first one, the first one had a much better story, a much better one, but this was more entertaining. Mainly because this one was actually pretty good at making you tense and making you jump. And I have found a new love for Jeremy Irvine in an Aviator style jacket... Yes please.
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