The Woman in Black Review

The Woman In Black


Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps

Directed by:

James Watkins


I can only hope to say that “I know you all have seen this by now”.  Because I would give it a 5/5.  A great adaptation to the original movie (1989).  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  The girls behind me were screaming and my friend dropped his popcorn.  It was all played out in the sound.  With loud startling jump scares, be it a bird or the woman herself.

Although very predictable, the ending I did not see coming.  It did not ruin the story, neither did I see an enhancement.  Just made me think “oh, okay.. creepy”.  At the beginning of the movie, because of the characters, and the time period (1900’s), it made me wonder how the director was going to incorporate a woman’s scream.  Because “Harry Potters” AHHH, is no match to a shrilling females blood curdling scream.  The scream was what irked me the most in the end.  Way to over played.  The same scream, over and over, and finally for a long period of time.  Really became redundant and lost its thrill.

Another thing I did not like was humanizing the ghost, putting a not so ghastly image upon something that should be left to our discretion.  She was actually kind of pretty.  In hanging herself, her neck should be broken, or something symbolizing the physicality of her death.

The very beginning started with a woman in a white wedding dress, and I don’t know if I was thinking too contextually, but I thought it would have a clearer connection with the woman in black.  So that was a little disappointing too.

Side note: Adrian Rawlins OR James Potter (Harry’s father) played the original  Arthur Kipps

Watching the original movie by the way will not ruin the new one, or the other way around.

Something I found to be amusing by comparison though, was the original tried to be all high tech with electric lighting, while the new one, tried to go back to candle light. (Just as an example)

ANOTHER thing that irked me was.. Where did the dog go?

Any solutions for those of you who watched it?

All in all, great movie, put it on your list of things to be watched!