Wednesday, March 13

Movie Review: The Raven (2012)

Length: 1 hour & 50 minutes
Released: 2012
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Directed By: James McTeigue
Where I Got It: netflix 

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death - in this stylish, gothic thriller. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe's darkest works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer's mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe's brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe's love becomes the next target. 


Edgar Allan Poe - John Cusack
Detective Emmett Fields - Luke Evans
Emily - Alice Eve
Colonel Hamilton - Brendan Gleeson
Maddux - Kevin McNally
John Cantrell - Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Captain Elderidge - Jimmy Yuill
Ivan - Sam Hazeldine
Mrs. Bradley - Pam Ferris
Percy - Dave Legeno
Griswold - John Warnaby

I've been meaning to watch this for a while now and I finally had a chance when Boyfriend and I stumbled upon this on Netflix. I was excited for I am a huge fan of Mr. Poe. I simple adore him.

Well...after it was all said and done...I will break this down and divide and conquer.

The Good

-John Cusack is an amazing Edgar Allan Poe; he even looks like him a little bit.
-All the actors were good.
-The dialogue was fantastic
-The story-line certainly had me on the edge of my seat
-The ending surprised me...but yet again it did not.
-The costumes were nice.

The Bad and the Ugly
-The adding of Emily annoyed me
-I wished they had the serial killer use more of Edgar's seemed there was a lack of references
-Though the ending was good, it annoyed me.
-Some of the scenes were....cheesy? I can't really describe what I mean. You'll have to see it to understand.

It was a decent movie and an interesting take on the last few days of Egdar's life (for no one really knew what he was up too or how he even really died). However, will I watch it again? No. It was entertaining, but once you find out the serial killer the mystery and thriller is gone. It's a one time wonder. I would recommend this to those that like thrillers and for those that have some interest in Poe's tales and poems. I wish they had referenced more of his works, but oh well I suppose. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 3 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Edgar (of course), Fields, and I found the serial killer intriguing (I was rather entertained by who he was when he was revealed).
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Emily (she annoyed me, but I do respect her not being a weak damsel waiting to be rescued, she tried to save herself) and Colonel Hamilton (just because he was mean to Edgar). 



Blodeuedd said...

I watched it cos of Cusack ;)

Carole Rae said...

B, hehehe I do like him also.