A haunted hero

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DVDS -

AF­TER a decade wield­ing a wand in the Harry Pot­ter fran­chise, Daniel Rad­cliffe is all grown up and sink­ing his teeth into the more adult side of the busi­ness. His first big- boy piece is an old- school gothic ghost story from the Ham­mer stu­dio that gives the young ac­tor a chance to shed the wiz­ardy per­sona and get into some­thing with a lit­tle more edge. He stars as a trou­bled young lawyer who trav­els from Lon­don to an iso­lated homestead in a su­per­sti­tious community to fi­nalise a de­ceased es­tate. It’s while work­ing that he learns of the tragedy that be­fell the de­ceased woman and why the lo­cals are all ter­ri­fied for the safety of their chil­dren. Rad­cliffe plays the haunted hero well and is able to carry this through, de­spite any real plot sur­prises. Floor­boards creak, rock­ing chairs come to life on their own, ap­pari­tions ap­pear and plenty of things go bump in the night and the creepy at­mos­phere and pro­duc­tion de­sign are mar­ried to­gether well.

Ex­tras: ★½ A short fea­turette on Rad­cliffe and his role.

BACK IN BLACK: Daniel Rad­cliffe plays a trou­bled lawyer in The Woman in Black.

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