Welcome to my posting for May Monster Madness, a blog hop hosted by ANNIE WALLS, LITTLE GOTHIC HORRORS and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. I hope y'all will take some time and visit some (ALL!) of the participating blogs.
I went to the movies on Saturday. Like I actually got up, dressed, got in the car and drove to a real movie theater! My daughter wanted to see The Raven and since I'm also a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and John Cusack, how could I possibly resist the call of $12.00 movie theater popcorn and $6.00 Coke, Poe and Cusack?
Cusack did an excellent job of portraying Poe. Although, I was expecting a more debauched, less dashing Edgar Allan, I did find John Cusack to be believable. The movie provides a unique take on what happened before Poe's mysterious death in 1849. "The Raven" is basically a good old-fashioned whodunit!
The movie centers around the three days prior to Poe's death. Murders are being committed in Baltimore by someone copying Poe's more famous poems and stories. Luke Evans plays Inspector Fields, who seems ahead of his time in the use of forensic science. Mr. Evans has very prominent canine teeth and it was a bit disconcerting 'cause I kept thinking he might be a vampire but I was just mixing up my genres during a Skittle high. I wasn't familiar with Luke before this movie and teeth aside, he did an excellent job of playing a detective who thought about the "why" of the crimes and not just the "who".
Emily Hamilton, Poe's love interest, is portrayed by Alice Eve. The woman is angelically beautiful. She loves Edgar Allan in spite of his alcoholism and drug dependency because his writing and devotion speaks to her soul. His deep and selfless love will be what surprises in the end.
I'm not sure what movie critics are saying about the movie, I don't read them because they usually hate every movie I love. I really enjoyed "The Raven", so screw the paid critics and listen to me! The film didn't rely on over the top CGI or huge movie "stars". It told an intriguing, suspenseful story through good acting and excellent writing. The movie was a beauty to watch because of the attention to detail in costuming and sets along with skilled cinematography. I'm giving "The Raven" four bats!