The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh 2012 Quick Review

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh 2012 Quick Review

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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh centers around a guy whose estranged mother has recently past and discovers that she had become involved with a crazy and creepy cult. Her house is filled with religious artifacts and symbols revolving around the cult. Soon he starts to wonder if maybe his mother’s spirit is still there.

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh sadly was every bit as disappointing as I predicted. As mentioned in recent posts I had scheduled a couple nights to have a mini horror-a-thon. This was watched on the second night and I couldn’t wait for this movie to end.  It was so slow. Almost nothing happens. Long drawn out shots that lead to nothing and a story that pretty much does the same thing. I kept watching, waiting for something to happen and by the time there’s finally a little bit of action I have already lost interest in the main character.

The acting is fine however it’s pretty much just a one man show because Aaron Poole as Leon Leigh, the son of Rosalind, is pretty much the only person in the movie. There’s the occasional narration by Vanessa Redgrave and she has a wonderful voice but it becomes so drawn out that it too becomes boring. We see some actors on the video tape he watches for a moment. We see some other actors that come to the door but it’s very brief. He does spend a lot of time on the phone with his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend? I don’t know. But, even she was bored and couldn’t wait to get off the phone with him. Everything about this movie is dull and becomes uninteresting.

What I found the most disappointing is that The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh had so much potential. We learn almost nothing about this cult. There’s a whole creature from the woods that starts to terrorize or main characters for a while but that’s it. That was interesting and creepy and yet it goes nowhere. Hell there’s the ghost of his mother that’s also terribly interesting and yet we are forced spend our time watching Leon Leigh mope around the house and pout and stress out to his therapist ex about the weird shit going on in this fucking oddly decorated and moderately creepy house. And, even she was more interesting than his character. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh pretty much ignores anything remotely interesting. It tries to be moody and atmospheric but it’s just sadly dull and tiresome film.

 

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The Boy 2016 Quick Review

The Boy 2016 Quick Review

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The Boy is about a young American woman whose taken a job in the UK as a nanny while the parents go on holiday for the season. All she has to do is follow the rules to keep him happy but this is no ordinary boy. Brahms is a porcelain doll and his parents treat him as if her were alive. Greta Evans the nanny, played by Lauren Cohan soon realizes that maybe that maybe the Brahms’ parents aren’t so crazy and that the truth behind the boy is more terrifying than she could have ever imagined.

I first watched The Boy several months ago but was too busy to write a review at the time. I watched it again the other night as part of mini horror movie marathon. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Though, I must admit I am a little biased as it stars the marvelously talented and beautiful Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead. I love her to, probably unhealthy levels. But, I don’t think my admitted bias for her effects my review of the film aside from all the faltering comments of her I am sure to make.

What’s great about this movie? The acting is superb of course. Lauren Cohan as Greta Evans the nanny is played with an honestness and believability that really makes you care for her. You see, I was concerned upon first seeing the trailer for The Boy that I might not like it because it appeared it does one of the things I hate in movies. That is when a character is given a set of rules to follow and then the first thing they do is break them. I mentioned this in an early review the other day. Once this happens I start rooting for the bad guy. If a character is going to break those rules then we have to got understand why. if we don’t, it just pisses off the viewer and we lose interest.

Thankfully, The Boy doesn’t do that. Yes, Greta does break the rules but to be honest, who wouldn’t. It’s a doll she’s supposed to be taking care of, not a real boy. So, I accept that she breaks the rules at first. What the film does nicely is still allows us to care for Greta’s character given she so quickly broke the rules. They do this by making her character 3 dimensional. She’s a got back story that we begin to understand. There’s a logic to the things she does and thinks. She doesn’t do anything really stupid or rash. We feel safe in judgment and that’s so important in a film like this.

Brahms in bed | The Boy 2016

Then there’s Ruport Evans as Malcom. He plays the “grocery delivery boy, man” and he is terrific in the role. He’s got that everyman quality but better. His character adds some needed laughs to the The Boy. He’s charming and funny without going over the top. Then there’s Brahms (the boy’s) parents Mr. & Mrs. Heelshire played with just the right amount amount of creepiness and despair by Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle. The best way I can describe how good their performances are is to have you look at it this way. Consider that their time on screen is short. Their performance has to be so good that as the story of their porcelain doll Brahms evolves you begin to see them in a different light. Had they been less actors we would never go from thinking their crazy and creepy to a couple that is worthy of our understanding and compassion. Excellent job.

The Boy offers more than just goosebumps and jump scares. It’s got a solid story. It’s not Gone with the Wind or anything but for a movie about a possibly possessed doll, it’s pretty damn good. It’s got some action and suspense as well as the story begins to unfold. It’s wonderfully atmospheric.

The direction was also notable. William Brent Bell’s direction is every bit a character in this movie as the cast. There’s a quiet beauty to the film. Even the action is shot with care. His shots bring you into the scene as the camera makes its slow, methodical moves around. The house is also a character. It’s brilliantly set up. It’s everything you’d expect in a very old British haunted house and yet it doesn’t come off as stereo-typical. It’s a beautiful house, the wood work is amazing and it manages to be mildly creepy and comforting at the same time.

So who’s going to like The Boy? Well, this is a grown ups movie. And, by that I mean it’s not a teen horror movie with hot young people getting naked and showing at the most inappropriate times and then dying a painful and gruesome death. Don’t get me wrong, the only thing I like better than boobs and gore is bacon. I just feel that this movie caters to a more mature audience. I certainly believe that people of all ages can enjoy The Boy. I think if I was 10 or 11 I would have loved this movie even more than I do now. If you’re looking for sex and gore, you won’t find it here. But, if you’re looking for a solid atmospheric story with a twist then The Boy is a must see.

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