Title: The Raven (official website)
Release Date: 27 April 2012
Runtime: 111 min
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Movie Theater
Production Company: Intrepid Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Galavis Film, Pioneer Pictures, and Relativity Media
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe his stories and poems are just filled with this delightful creepiness and so I was super excited when I heard that there was going to be a movie about him. Then when I saw the previews I was even more excited as rather than a biopic this movie was a mystery as someone was taking Poe’s stories and reenacting them in grisly detail.
I really enjoyed this movie it had everything in it that I love. There was action, adventure, mystery, thrills and yes, even a romance. It made me laugh, cringe and even jump a few times. There were times when I had to cover my eyes as it was a little gory (think of the Pit & Pendulum story and you’ll know what I mean) but it wasn’t overly so. Some of the scenes that made me jump were totally unexpected and I both loved and hated it. When I get a sense something scary might happen I can look away before hand or prepare myself. No such luck here though.
For me the movie was unpredictable but not so complex that I didn’t figure out who the killer was before the big reveal. Though I will admit that a couple of the red herrings did fool me for a bit. I also loved picking out all the various Poe stories and poems that were woven throughout the movie. While Cusak didn’t always live up to my idea of Poe – looks wise he nailed it – but his mannerisms and voice just never meshed with what my brain was expecting. But I do love Cusak and I think that he was a great choice to play the part. He added just the right about of wit and crazy to the role and had great chemistry with his other co-stars.
If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe then this is a must see movie for you. And if you aren’t a fan then maybe this film is just the think to lead you into his work.