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Black Death

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A crop of encouraging reviews sprouted before Black Death. There were inevitable comparisons, some apposite – Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man – others quite tangential – Aguirre Wrath of God, or sixties Bergman. There too were entirely inaccurate conclusions – Black Death, it seems, is rippling with ‘narrative energy’ and unmitigated ‘entertainment’. While ‘watchable’, it is precisely a lack of narrative dynamism that leaves us disaffected with Dario Poloni’s story (however enchanted we may be by Christopher Smith’s Dark Age demesne). Brutal, morose and dissatisfying, Black Death ought not to be undertaken lightly.

Black Death

Catch my review of Black Death at The Ooh Tray.


Written by James P. Campbell

15/06/2010 at 11:13

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