So first up. The Woman in Black. I'm gonna spoil this one, so if you don't want it spoiled scroll down to the totally unrelated photo and just know that I like the movie until the end and then hated the end. So this movie had two things going for it that made me want to watch it. Number One: Daniel Radcliffe. Number Two: it's a bloodless horror movie. No secret that I'm a Harry Potter fan and love Dan. And also, I like not very gory horror movies. When they're more psychological than blood-and-guts, I enjoy them. So when I saw him say in an interview that there's no blood in this movie, I started looking forward to it.
The movie starts with three young girls playing dolls, then going all spooky, abandoning their dolls. They then proceed to jump out the window. So it sets the tone from the very beginning. Dan plays Arthur Kipps, a young, widowed lawyer with a son, that is sent by his firm to the town where the girls jumped out the window (I can't remember the name) to sort the paperwork of a recently deceased client. He meets Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds), a wealthy man from the town he's visiting, on the train. The townspeople don't want Arthur there and treat him rudely. The innkeeper refuses to put him in the room that had been reserved. The wife steps in and puts him in the attic, which is the room the three girls were playing in when they decided to jump out the window. The local lawyer refuses to help him so Arthur goes to the big, creepy mansion, separated from town by a huge marsh by himself. So as he goes through the papers some weird things begin happening. He sees a woman dressed in black out on the grounds and goes to investigate but can't find her. After returning to town he goes to report it the local sheriff (constable? I dunno) and while there two young boys bring in their sister who drank lye and proceeds to die in Arthur's arms. Sam and his wife invite Arthur to stay with them until he has finished his job and he finds out about the legend of the woman in black.
The rest of the movie moves forward in this fashion. Weird things happen at the mansion, a kid dies, Arthur discovers another little piece of the legend. The movie is really good at setting up the tension. The period costumes and sets are absolutely amazing. The music really sets the tone. And the imagery is really spooky. The woman's there, then she's not. The creepy mud kid's there, then he's not. My mom and I kept jumping out of our skin. So all the way to the very end of the movie is really amazing.
I hated the ending. I like happy endings. I want to believe that people live happily ever after. And even if the door is open for a sequel, I want to see the illusion that the hero is going to live happily ever after. So I was really pissed off at the end of the movie. Arthur and Sam find the body of the woman in black's son and bury him with her body thinking that it's going to break the curse (she kills the town's children in revenge for her son's death). Then they go to the train station. The nanny is bringing Arthur's son to visit and he intends on turning right around and getting back on the train to London. So they're all standing there on the platform, the nanny is buying tickets, Sam and Arthur are saying their goodbyes. Then the kid goes all weirdo, pulls his hand out of Arthur's and somehow ends up on the tracks walking towards an oncoming train. Arthur promptly jumps down. And while the train passes, Sam sees the woman in black on the other platform through the train and then all the kids that she killed. The train goes away and we see Arthur holding the kid, he straightens up, looks around and calls out for Sam. Then the kid looks over and asks who the lady is and Arthur responds that it's his Mummy. They freaking died! That's not a happy ending. Arthur and the kid got run over by the train. Not happy about that ending. It sucked. Oh my god.
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So okay. Changeling now. No spoilers. Actually there's not that much for me to say about this one. I really liked it but if I do too much gushing over the parts that I liked, it'll be spoiled. The movie is set in 1920's Los Angeles and is about a mother's struggles to find her missing son and fight the corrupt police department when they bring her another boy and claim that he's her son. But he's not. The movie is amazing. All the actors in the movie are really great. No one really stood out to me and outshone the rest. Each person carried their own character. You know how sometimes a movie will have tons of really great actors and one lousy actor just ruins the whole thing? Or on the flip side, the majority of the actors are mediocre and one actor is just absolutely amazing? Neither of those apply in this case. The costumes are absolutely gorgeous. I'm not a fan of the 1920's silhouette, cause really, who WANTS to wear a sack? But the fabrics and some of the details were amazing. I love the hats that Angelina wears. I also really loved watching the old cars and the trolleys. Best part of period pieces. The whole movie was really, really good. I totally suggest this movie.
So there you go. One ugh movie and one movie that was really great.
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