A drama/mystery indeed, but horror, it is not. When a film’s logline hints sinister forces, haunted manors, and buried secrets, the bar needs to be set really high nowadays. “The Little Stranger” is a very slow burn period/drama/mystery which, doesn’t amount to the viewer’s expectations.
Very slow pace, repetitive situations, and distracted from the immediate and important issue of the actual little stranger, the film’s running time seems significantly longer than it is. And after everything, even if the ending was a jaw-dropping, mind-bending twist, chances are that you wouldn’t care that much by then. But it isn’t…
Shame, because a haunted, dark manor, inhabited by a family carrying all that psychological and physical pain, and a doctor that doesn’t belong to a society he is part of, sound like strong ingredients to what could have been a back in time, spectacular cinematic journey.
Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson directs Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson, Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling, and equally exceptional talents, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter, who, all four of them, deliver brilliant performances nevertheless. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning how mesmerizing it always is when one listens to the English language spoken properly and in such depth.