This week, I reviewed the new Hammer Films horror movie “The Woman In Black,” starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. It was a decent movie, but it felt like it fell a little short — both in scare factor and establishing Radcliffe as a leading man.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
As for Radcliffe, the 22-year-old actor has clearly come a long way from his boy-wizard days, though modern audiences might have trouble believing him in the three-part role as father, widower, and attorney. Of course, in the late 19th century when the film is set, both Radcliffe and his character would’ve likely been far along in building both their family and careers at that age.
As Kipps, Radcliffe delivers a safe (though not especially memorable) performance, moving through each stage of the mystery at the proper pace and reacting to both natural and supernatural elements with the sort of skill that one develops from doing eight effects-heavy projects like the Harry Potter films in a ten-year span. If there’s a complaint to be made about Radcliffe’s part in The Woman In Black, it’s that Kipps is almost too comfortable with the events transpiring around him, and rarely seems to register the sort of shock and abject terror that you’d expect under the circumstances.
You can read the rest of the review at Digital Trends…