Friday, April 26, 2013

Movie Review: The Raven (2012)

The Raven movie poster
The Raven (2012) - Directed by James McTeigue; Written by Ben Livingstone and Hannah Shakespeare; Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans.

By Kenny Howell

For some reason, The Raven just seems like a rough draft.

It's like they sat down to write it, got something together, but never had the meeting to really figure out how to make it better.

The elements are there. A historical character. A macabre sense of terror. A cool period that could have been shot beautifully. A script that could have been clever, pulling facts from Edgar Allen Poe's life to make it better.

But it never gets there. I never settled into the story because the filmmakers never seemed to take chances or have a little fun.

It is not about Poe's poem per se. The story begins with titles saying that Poe was found on a park bench eight days before his death, but no one knows what happened those final days. Apparently, he helped catch a serial killer who was using his work as inspiration. And when his super hot girlfriend played by Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) gets taken, he does everything to find her.

What follows is John Cusack (Love & Mercy) seeming an odd choice for Poe, clues to the whereabouts and identity of the killer that seem absurd, and just an overall feeling of blah and disinterest for the story.

Rating: *

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