Final Girl's Film Club. It has been a long time since I took part in it and it is a film I have never watched/reviewed before, so why not? It was also good timing since it was time for an instant watch movie anyway. This isn't one about to be taken out, so it it does interest you, head on over and give it a watch! Stacie decided on a movie called The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh (2012). It isn't very often she picks a newish film, so lets see what I had to think about it.
Leon (Aaron Poole) has inherited his mother's things after she killed herself. This includes a big house with lots of stuff in it. He has come to the house, even thought he hasn't spoken to his mother in a long time, to see what is there, and to figure out what to do with it all. After exploring for a while, and finding some odd things, he begins to feel...a presence around him. He learns that his mother was part of some cult that apparent believes that angels are real and have been trying to contact them. He also learns, from a neighbor we never see, that an animal is on the loose. As more and more strange things start to happen, he has to figure out if there is a strange animal lurking around, or if there is something else in the house.
The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh, by writer/director Rodrigo Gudiño, is not what I was expecting at all. For one thing, key things are told through a narrator, which we are quick to learn is Leon's mom. You really need to pay attention to what she says, because understanding what happens goes through this. Another thing that really surprised me was the pacing. It is very slow and deliberate, revealing things at a steady flow. There is some surprises in store, what a statue show in a video tape does wasn't unexpected but still cool. As I was watching, I slowly realized this was a film that I would have to watch again someday soon. There is plenty of little things that I'm sure I missed after watching it the first time. It wasn't only that, but once you figure out the story, hopefully you will at least, it becomes a film that you will probably want to watch again, with fresh eyes since you know differently now. All I will say on it more is that this isn't Leon's story. With what I know now, I want to watch this one again and see how that changes things, if it changes things that happens to Leon.
I don't have a whole lot of bad things to say about The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh, but there was one thing that stuck out to me. I noticed at times that Leon wasn't reacting to things in ways I would have expected him to. The one that stood out to me the most was after his little adventure with the "Speaking To The Dead" book that he finds. After his little adventure, he acts like nothing just happened at all. Of course, my thoughts on that might have to change, but it still annoyed me to no end. I was going to make a note to complain about the lack of explaining the story, but that worked out after a while. It all started to click for me.
There wasn't much as far as effects go, which in truth it didn't need much anyway. The house itself was a bit on the creepy side. There was something that was after Leon for a bit, which I think was CGI created. It doesn't look bad at least. The acting was good. Despite my problem above, I did enjoy Aaron Poole in the lead role. He has to carry the film since there isn't anyone that he interacts with, that we ever see anyway. He talks to people, usually over the phone, but we never see who he is talking to. There is a video tape that he watches, but outside of that, he is the only actor you will see.
This a slightly hard review to write. I don't want to give too much away, but there wasn't a lot to talk about that will not spoil things. Even though The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh is slow and certainly takes its time in telling the story, the mood and atmosphere will keep one interested in it. Well, maybe not everyone since it just barely gets an above average rating on IMDb. If you don't need something always going on, action around every corner, give this film a chance. As I said, if you have Netflix, you can watch it there online. If you don't find it somewhere. Thanks to Stacie for suggesting this movie, and I'm so glad I decided to join her and the others.
4 out of 5 Hoping I never inherit a creepy house
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