I am a pretty big fan of the show Castle, in which Nathan Fillion plays Rick Castle, a mystery author who helps a cop solve murders. The pilot of that series involved a serial killer who used Castle’s novels as inspiration. It was an old idea used purely as a means by which to pair up the characters, and it was quickly solved and never spoken of again.
Now, imagine if that first episode was turned into a feature film, but replace a modern mystery author with Edgar Allen Poe. This is the insane and vaguely intriguing premise of the new film The Raven, starring John Cusack as the smack-addicted Baltimore writer of the macabre. Thus far we’ve seen a moody and stylized trailer and some stills, but now we have the premeir of a brand new one-sheet as well. It, too, it suitably moody and stylized. Take a look:
It’s all there: the tag line, the raven wings, the moody hero walking toward you, and the stark coloring. It’s a pretty rote poster, but it is done well. However, I still can’t really pin down the kind of tone this film will be able to acheive, so my interest level remains at “morbid curiosity.”
What do you all think? Could this film be a surprisingly good time at the movies? Does John Cusack have that kind of play? Or will this be a disappointment. The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) hits theaters March 9th.