Its hard to say if this movie would have worked with any other actor. Or if this movie could have worked without a character driven story. I can't think of any other splendid actor but Daniel Radcliffe for the part of Arthur Kipps. Also, Daniel is bringing sexy and sensitive back to short guys.
The movie is a period piece. The Victorian age. Long before computers and fax machines, lawyers had to actually go on trains and long carriage rides to remote places they needed to be. Right away, we know Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) has had a very sad life. Even during a morning shave, you may wonder if he is just a little suicidal.
In the Victorian days was the age of new spiritualism, superstitions and connecting with the afterlife. These are all wonders that still fascinate us. Isn't that why we want to see this movie in the first place? Its also romantically historical, yet filled with creepy toys and scary houses. Honestly, the film has an authentic nostalgia to it, making it the perfect ghost story..from costumes, dark rooms and even sideburns!
|The wonderful Sophie Stuckey plays Stella Kipps|
As it is, Radcliffe's Kipps goes through his day seeing his lady in white, the ghost of his dead wife who died during their son's child birth. Yet, he has to pay the bills too, so he's sent to a very remote village to settle what's left of a place no one wants to go too.
The setting is amazingly wicked. A beautiful house out on the marsh. Its terribly scary, but so inviting, too. Naturally, there are many rooms in the house. And Kipps is all alone, discovering all sorts of creepy things. The movie lingers with suspense. The village people are mysterious, as well. Kipps soon learns horrible things are happening in the village to the children. Of course, the villagers are sure its because Kipps came to town. After all..he saw the woman in black.
Perhaps this story has been done. However, we are moved by the character Kipps. His sensitivity. His beauty. And I'm happy Daniel Radcliffe is Arthur Kipps. Honestly, its a fond transformation. Those Harry Potter days are over. Radcliffe is definitely moving on.
If you are up for a truly good old fashioned ghost story, this is the movie for you. Its based on Susan Hill's novel.
STORYLINE: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.