A widowed lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe) travels to a remote village in England to settle the legal affairs of a recently deceased lady. He finds out that the villagers think that the house of the deceased lady, where he is working, is haunted. What happens next?

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The Woman In Black Movie Review

Business rating: 1 / 5 stars (One star)

Star cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer.

What’s Good: The initial few reels where the viewer enjoys the suspense and intrigue; Daniel Radcliffe’s restrained performance.

What’s Bad: The ordinary script which falls flat on its face in the climax; the absence of many chilling moments in the horror drama.

Verdict: The Woman In Black is old wine in an old bottle. It will fail to do much at the Indian box-office.

Loo break: A couple.

Watch or Not?: Watch it if you are a fan of old-fashioned horror films.

Hammer, Alliance Films, UK Film Council and PVR Pictures’ The Woman In Black is a horror thriller. Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer, leaves his son in London and travels to a remote village in England to settle the legal affairs of a recently deceased lady. Upon his arrival in the village, it soon becomes clear to Kipps that people in the town do not want him there.

But as he has to complete his assignment at any cost to save his job, Kipps spends his time doing paperwork at a secluded and abandoned mansion belonging to his client. However, when he starts hearing spooky noises and seeing strange things in the house, he realises that something is amiss.

Next, a young girl, who has inadvertently consumed poison, dies in his arms while he is visiting the village constable’s office to complain about the strange noises in the mansion. Kipps is blamed for the girl’s death, and the angry villagers ask him to leave immediately. But he stays on to complete the job at hand, aided and protected by the richest villager, Mr. Daily (Ciaran Hinds), whom Kipps had befriended earlier.

Daniel Radcliffe's performance is one of the highlights of The Woman In Black.

At Daily’s home, Kipps learns that children of the village have been dying for many years in mysterious circumstances and the villagers blame a ghost of a woman from the mansion for these deaths. Shaken to the core, but choosing not to believe in such superstitious banter, Kipps goes back to work at the mansion. What happens then? Does Kipps come face-to-face with the ghost – the lady in black? Is he able to get to the root of the problem? What about his young son, who is going to join him at the village the following day? The rest of the drama answers these questions.

The Woman In Black Review: Script Analysis

Jane Goldman’s screenplay, based on Susan Hill’s novel, is intriguing in the first half when Kipps arrives to a cold reception in the village. The sequences, in which Kipps is alone in the mansion as spooky things keep happening one after the other, are quite engaging. However, apart from this, there is little else to keep the audience’s interest alive in the film. Once the mystery behind the sounds in the mansion is revealed, the drama becomes repetitive and boring. The latter half, where Kipps takes it upon himself to remedy the problem at hand, is rather unbelievable and even unintentionally funny. The climax is disappointing.

The Woman In Black Review: Star Performances

Daniel Radcliffe underplays beautifully. His performance is one of the highlights of the film. Ciaran Hinds is very good as Mr. Daily. Janet McTeer, as the wife of Mr. Daily, does well. The rest of the cast offers good support.

The Woman In Black Review: Direction & Technical Aspects

James Watkins’ direction is fair, considering that he is able to hold the audience’s attention in the initial part. Marco Beltrami’s background score goes with the mood of the film. Tim Maurice-Jones’ cinematography is dark, brooding and, therefore, very effective. Kave Quinn’s production design is excellent. Editing, by Jon Harris, is sharp.

The Woman In Black Review: The Last Word

On the whole, The Woman In Black is, at best, an average thriller. It will not do much at the Indian box-office in spite of Daniel Radcliffe being a well-known face in India.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Bakwas Review komal nahata & His assistant mrigank should go to coaching classes for learnig how to analyse hollywood films

  2. yeah.from his analysis. i understand that this guy only likes horror movies like the exorcist or nightmare on elm street,basically which has moments jumping out at you. shame that such a beautiful movie is being disdained to viewers by crass cheap reviewers like this.it is miles ahead of any current hollywood horror flick and psychological horror is the best as it totally targets your inner emotions. and this succeeds brilliantly . there is no time when you don’t sympathize with the townspeople or arthur or maybe,to some extent,the woman in black herself.

  3. ab komal nahata hollywood movies ko analyze krenge…………..jinko thik se bollywwod movies anaalyze nhi hoti………i was observing from last few months that komal is giving below two star for every hollywood movies and big joke is he is giving 5 out 5 for satire bollywood film which itself is remake of old hindi movie called agneepath……..pooor analyst

  4. Are komal Nahata aap jitna film ko business star diya utnaa to ek dudh pita bacha bhi nehi dega . Grow up man!!! change your attitude

  5. Critical reception-
    Reviews for the film have been generally favourable. As of 4 February 2012, the film has a 64% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 144 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10, with a consensus that says: “Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills — although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to modern, high-stakes horror.”The film has received a rating of 62/100 on Metacritic, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

    Box office-

    During opening weekend, The Woman in Black earned $20 million, the biggest US opening for a Hammer film in all of Hammer history, putting it at second place in the box office, behind Chronicle, which earned about $1 million more. Next to a budget of $13 million, The Woman In Black has been considered an unexpected financial success, as the studio was only expecting to receive around $11 million during opening weekend.[31] The total domestic earnings of the film as of 14 February 2012 is $37,454,552…………………………………………………….these r hollywood reports from Wikipedia……….this movie is already a hit with good reviews……..so komalji u need to self analyze first and then go for movie…..

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