CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."
That's part of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Sounds dark and a bit mysterious, doesn't it?
Poe was a literary genius who wrote many short stories and poems, which are incredibly popular in literature today. Back in his day, though, not everyone believed in his writing talents.
On April 27, the movie "The Raven" opened, and even though it only displays that piece of Poe's writing in the title, that's not all there is. If you are familiar with Poe's stories and poems, then you'll spot the bits and pieces from them in each scene. The story line falls perfectly in sync with them, and the details included were marvelous.
(If you're not familiar with Poe and his work, don't worry. The film tells you every story that is being used.)
The movie is a murder mystery. Isn't it wild to think that your best friend, co-worker or the person standing next to you could be a killer? That's the case for Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) here.
Someone admires Poe's work so much that he is using it against the author in a game of cat and mouse. He is using Poe's stories, down to the very last detail, to kill people. Poe must help the police find this killer -- especially when he takes Emily (Alice Eve), the girl Poe is madly in love with.
If you saw previews for weeks before the movie came out, trust me that those aren't the best parts. When you watch the movie, you see things you wouldn't expect, but then again, it is Poe, so expect the unexpected. There's blood, love, mystery, suspense and everything that makes a movie great.
And the actors -- wow! They didn't just play their characters; I felt as if they actually lived those events. They also looked like them. If you look at John Cusack and then find a picture of Edgar Allan Poe, they're not identical twins, but they're pretty close.
There's only one thing I wish they would have changed: Detective Fields' (Luke Evans) voice. When he talked to Poe, I wanted him to use a deep voice that would make the crowd in the theater respect him. The way he talked made it hard for me to believe what he was saying.Other than that, though, I loved "The Raven." I jumped and I laughed. I wanted to cry at some points and I wanted to hide my eyes at others. Congratulations, James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta"), you directed my new favorite movie.