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The Raven - John Cusack as Poe is full of wit and win!

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“The Raven” is the fictional story of the bizarre events in Edgar Allan Poe’s final days before he was found half-dead on a bench. In this tale, a killer is using his previously published works as inspiration for murder and an elaborate secret plan. Once the police discover that there is a striking similarity to Poe’s work he is called in to help solve the mystery.

John Cusack stars as Poe himself and brings a certain wit and charm that is sharp, fast and entertaining in a Tony Stark, from “Iron Man”, kind of way. Cusack is able to deliver quick-witted lines with ease and draws us in to the life if a drunkard who has reached his creative end, but continues to attempt at creating another work that would get him enough money for the next drink until he finds the next story. Luke Evans plays Detective Emmett Fields, a methodical man who is working hard to solve the case and catch the killer before it’s too late. His performance is solid and while not as charismatic still the steady/thoughtful manner a detective like this would have.

The dialog in this film is great when it comes to the quips Poe fires at those of lesser poetic talent than him. The story is well written, though the killer and his/her motivations are pretty clear entering the third act. The direction is solid and shot selection ranges from adequate to gorgeous. The pacing is great and keeps this 111-minute film from ever getting boring. Aesthetically, the movie is a treat to watch with many-a-yellow tint across the film that gives it just the old-time feel we require, it was very reminiscent of what a Jack The Ripper film should/would look like.

The film was surprisingly entertaining and worth the price of admission. All involved executed their appointed jobs admirably making it so that Poe and non-Poe fans alike would enjoy this murder/mystery.

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Credits:
Directed by: James McTeigue
Written by: Hannah Shakespeare, Ben Livingston
Cast: Alice Eve, John Cusack, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson


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