The Woman in Black (2012) Film Review

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Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a lawyer whose wife died in childbirth and he is suffering from depression, but it is many, many years ago and so he just has to battle through. He’s about to be fired from work, but just if he manages to finish off this one case, things will be okay. So, he travels to a small town where everyone is weird – avoiding him and giving him dirty looks – everyone expect Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds) and his wife, Elizabeth (Janet McTeer). So he goes to the house that is haunted and things get a bit scary.

I think this is a pretty awful film. It’s certainly beautiful, and extremely scary when it wanted to be. But, overall, the acting is tedious throughout, the script is lacking, it’s just a bit crap. If you want to have a scare, watch this in the dark alone and that’ll be fun, but really, not worth it.

 

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Film Review

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Based on a John Le Carr novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy follows retired spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) as he attempts to discover which top ranking of MI6 is a Soviet Spy.

It’s an amazing cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Kathy Burke and Benedict Cumberbatch just to mention a few. I just wish I’d seen it in the cinema. It is relatively slow-moving, with not a lot of action, and I found at home that my attention kept drifting and I didn’t really follow it all. None the less, it was clearly an extremely good film that should have kept my attention. I blame me on this one.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was nominated for Oscars for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O’Connot and Peter Straughan) and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.