Sound Off: James McTeigue's 'The Raven' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
April 27, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary... Arriving in theaters this weekend is James McTeigue's The Raven, his new dark thriller about poet Edgar Allan Poe on a hunt to stop a murderer who is following his words. John Cusack plays Poe the poet, along with Luke Evans as Detective Fields, and Alice Eve as Emily Hamilton. So how is this dark, moody thriller? Has McTeigue been able to live up to his past V for Vendetta legacy? Is John Cusack any good playing the legendary poet? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on The Raven.
Note: I haven't had the chance to see The Raven yet, as I've been at CinemaCon all week. I would love to see it and will do my best to catch it once I return from another trip. In the meantime, here's a quote from our friends' review at The Film Stage: "The Raven shifts from hollow camp to acting overly serious, the latter of which assisted by Luke Evan's raspy voice and clunky exposition. McTeigue is a talented director, but based on The Raven and Ninja Assassin it's clear he's burdened by his lack of storytelling ability." Ouch.
What did you think of The Raven? A dark, satisfying thriller, or a meandering, poetic mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!