Enjoyable little ghost story beautifully shot, in a lovely setting, with strong actors. Truth be told this pushed a lot of my buttons: early 20th century bucolic England, a strong, educated woman who is a rationalist out to bust spiritualist charlatans, Rebecca Hall, and of course McNulty. Certainly not on the same level as The Orphanage, but fun nonetheless.
Is this what happens when you get old? What a disappointment. I knew this film was in trouble when I found myself yawning about halfway through. It was just so darn predictable and boring. Even the gory bits, while well executed, were uninspired (except maybe for the final scene). There was a distinct lack of creativity here and the film reeked of classic horror movie tropes with absolutely no self-awareness. Blatant foreshadowing and red flags were followed through on in…
I've never felt so pandered to in my life. Not so much a bad film, as a deeply offensive film. I guess this is what it feels like to get old and get reamed from behind with your own nostalgia. No amount of self-awareness could have helped this film. And now the songs are in my head with even shittier people singing them. Please make it stop.
Meanwhile, my wife loved it.
I think I've always harbored a desire for the comic book heroes of my youth to be portrayed in a realistic (and sometimes brutal and dark) fashion. Following Batman Begins, by far the most successful of Nolan's Batman films (notwithstanding Katie Holmes) I felt the possibilities were wide open for Nolan to do wonderful things not only with the character and setting of Batman, but with comic book films in general.
What I came to realize after watching Dark Knight…