Murphy conferma di saperci fare e confeziona una buona ghost story,dal ritmo abbastanza lento ma con una messa in scena e movimenti molto adeguati ad un prodotto di genere.Non mi sono piaciuti gli effetti alla Del Toro e lo spiegone familiare,mentre ho trovato ottime la fotografia,la protagonista(un pò Ichabod Crane di burtoniana memoria)e la casa delle bambole,forse la scena top.Non lascia il segno,ma è buon film.
An old fashioned English ghost story that deserved a little more acclaim and a lot more viewers then it received on release. Rebecca Hall is marvelous here capturing a tortured soul debunking the one thing she wishes was true. The script is dynamite in the early going giving in to some conveniences later on but lingers on in the memory after watching despite them. Supporting turns are strong as well.
this was my late night netflix watch and i didn't know anything about it going in. i don't regret that at all because turns out, i was pleasantly surprised. although most people who've done a review have said the ending was quite laughable, i enjoyed it a lot. it was ambiguous. you get to decide how to perceive the ending and it was done very tastefully. it got a bit cliche with the family nonsense but it worked.
I admire the attempt to make a ghost story with real substance, but the writers tried to cram too much stuff into the plot. It's a hot mess, full of plot holes and unnecessary scenes. Worse, the ghostly gimmicks and twist ending were totally predictable. This could have been a really poignant and frightening film if the screenplay had been sent to someone competent for a thorough vetting! Rebecca Hall was great.
The story works as long as it keeps its feet on solid ground, where it can properly come to terms with its concerns of loss and grievance. It's when the film forgets its human side, and shows instead a sterile, completely unorganic denouement where it starts to falter, and my complaint is that it depends too heavily on a rarified construction when the right choice was far simpler.
The essence of "handsomely mounted"...as well as the botched third act. Conjures eerie, damp-soaked atmosphere with great characters, strong acting, and an unshakable sense of place and time. Then comes the dumb twist. Unnecessary, though not without its visual pleasures. The final scene tries to reclaim some shred of ambiguity and it's down to Hall's performance that it has any chance of succeeding.
A film that has real moments of beauty when dealing with grief, regret, and the tricks played by memory. However, it's fatally undermined when it goes for jump-out-of-the-seat frights and achingly clever twists, because these largely unnecesary gimmics suggest that the writers didn't really have faith in the less sensationaist elements.