In which Rebecca Hall doesn't believe in ghosts, but then kind of does. The Awakening also stars Dominic West.
It would appear that the modern ghost story isn't all that modern at all, at least not in film. You're pretty much assured of what you're going to get in one of these movies anymore.
Take The Awakening, which was originally set to be released sometime last year, but is scheduled for a wide release later this summer. Rebecca Hall travels to a boys' school in England to debunk the existence of ghosts creeping around. This movie has everything: intense period detail, a muddy gray color palette, foggy atmosphere, creepy children in uniforms, and jump scared aplenty (those still work, right?).
Still, the performance seem to work, and Hall and Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) are reliable enough, as is Imelda Staunton. So is this film more The Woman in Black, which had a great look to it, but ultimately fizzled narratively, or The Others, which turned out to be pretty effective and intriguing? Who knows. But watch the trailer anyway.
Written or Contributed by: Royal Nonesuch