The Count's Verdict: The achievement of filming the entire movie in one single continuous take can only be marvelled at - that said I can't honestly say the film had any truly memorable moments of rich visual style or flair. However, I am totally mystified at why such endeavor and technique was employed if all you're going to shoot are the meandering-cum-absurd behaviour of a bunch of wholly unlikable, utterly charmless cretins. Had really high hopes for VICTORIA off-the-back of…
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…