Another bird made the theatres recently. This one may seem a bit more dark compared to the light hearted Dodo/scientist adventures; it is. So, death by Poe story, I said when it came out that the premise was Saw for smart people. The movie is more than that though.
|Studies reveal that ravens are incredibly intelligent, tool using creatures.|
Again, this movie will be overshadowed by comicdom, but it shouldn't. The literary connections aside, the movie is as well done a whodunit as I have seen in awhile. The plot keeps you guessing, and characters are pretty believable.
The characters are pretty well developed, notwithstanding historical inaccuracies, but this is not a documentary. Cusack captures the arrogance, the poverty, the brilliance, and the addiction of Poe as well as anyone probably could have. Although the goatee, not sure.
There are many who know more about Poe than I do. A well respected literary historian airs his disagreements here. But for the most part, the Poe that has made his way into popular culture is more Poe than Poe was. Poor Poe.
|That's what the bird says, you say all these other parts.|
|splashed with mud adds insult to injury|
|How many times did I use Poe in one sentence?|
Couldn't find a photo of my favorite scenes. Poe with his pet raccoon. I particularly enjoyed this piece of the film, as in addition to Poe being one of my muses, I grew up with a pet raccoon on two separate occasions, and felt a nice warm connection between myself and one of my favorite authors. The fact that he might not have had a pet raccoon does not diminish that feeling.
|Back when newspapers mattered|
|Of all the ones I have seen, this is the best movie poster|
There are a couple other reasons to go see this thriller.
1.) Luke Evans' portrayal of the inspector is quite good.
|Brillaint performance actually. Though still damnably difficult to run in a top hat.|
...and B.) Alice Eve is quite nice to look at.
If you like a fresh look at old cliches and never take historical fiction too seriously, you should enjoy this film. However, if you see it your duty to go through life correcting everything then you will be an annoyance to anyone that takes you to see this film, and perhaps you should be stuffed into a chimney. You probably read Longfellow too.