Even more impressive on a second viewing. Remains a pure joy from start to end and simply astonishing in terms of filmmaking craft. One of my 'least expected to like' only to flat-out adore movies. Among those very rare and most cherished films for me: the gems that take us by surprise, empower us to reflect upon and reconfigure our viewing tastes/sensibilities to offer a cinematic experience that far exceeds any and all preconceptions.
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…