If anyone is interested in my experience of watching The Others, click here to see my notes.
This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.
1. What is this film about?
It seems pretty straight forward at first. A lonely and fatigued housewife, era WWII, takes in new servants to help her take care of her sick children, who are allergic to sunlight. Doors must be closed and locked and all curtains must remain closed. Then all of a sudden, sunlight starts finding its way in.
2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?
I’m not really into ghost stories on the surface. I find that I like them about 50% of the time. When I first heard of this movie, it gave one impression to which I was glad contradicted the actual plot of the movie. I thought the title and poster were pleasantly misleading, but accurate.
3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?
The servants are the best part of the movie hands down, but Kidman is typically first class in this role. I honestly don’t know how other actresses get cast in period films with her around.
4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?
I didn’t give much thought to direction and cinematography while watching this, but anytime you direct children and it comes off genuine, you know someone did something right.
5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?
Most of the music in this film is quite beautiful, but of course, there are a few haunting tracks that enhance certain scenes.
6. What did I like about the story as a whole?
I like that the movie seemed to be a guide on “how to discover the afterlife” that isn’t cut and dry, heaven or hell.
7. What did I not like about the story?
I didn’t like the way parts of the movie seemed to be anti-Christian. I’m used to seeing movies that are anti-organized religion, in general, but this was different. With that being said, I’d hardly call this propaganda. It’s just something that got to me.
8. Would I recommend this movie to others?
Sure, why not.
9. If yes, who? What would I rate this movie?
I don’t consider this movie to be the typical ghost story. It has an amazing setting and cast with a complex and somewhat original back story. Movie lovers, in general, should appreciate this film.
On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 4 reels.
10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?
Despite what people often assume they know about my beliefs compared to the fiction I write, I often write about spirits and ghosts. My “In the Window” short story is a ghost story without any religious ties while my Eternal Curse Series contains many paranormal elements that don’t fit the genre perfectly but are examples easily associated with the genre.
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