The Raven Review

Here I sit, watching Tv, With a blanket covering me. Hoping to find a show that won’t bore. Alas! “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.'”  Edgar Allan Poe was a fantastic author whose writings will last the test of time. In an age that is lacking creativity when it comes to movies, why not turn to one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century for inspiration.

The Raven is a movie that encompasses some of the greatest works by Edgar Allan Poe.  Poe (John Cusack) is lacking for money and doing anything he can to make a dime and impress the love of his life, Emily (Alice Eve). However, Poe becomes the target of torment when a serial killer starts using some of Poe’s most gruesome tales in a series of murders and the kidnapping of Emily. In order to save the love of his life, Poe teams up with Emmit Fields (Luke Evans) in order to take down this macabre killer before it’s too late.

The Raven is able to keep you on edge and has some very suspenseful moments. However, a lack of good direction and moments that are somewhat predictable keep the Raven from living up to it’s full potential. John Cusack fits great as the roles of Edgar Allan Poe and does a very convincing job of playing the torn, morose writer.

Positives: Suspenseful moments keep the movie interesting and the viewer on edge, John Cusack does a very good job playing Poe, a nice way to tie a lot of Edgar Allan Poe stories into one

Negatives: Lack of direction, somewhat predictable

Overall: 7/10

The Raven was a fairly enjoyable movie definitely worth a look. John Cusack did a very good job acting as Edgar Allan Poe, and the incorporation of the various Poe stories is fun to see on the big screen.

Bonus Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven – 9.7/10

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the greatest writers of all time, and he shows why in The Raven.  He’s a very macabre author, but this is one of his less horrific writers.  Nonetheless, it’s still a great poem that any fan of poetry should check out.

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