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For The Intellectual Audience: The Raven

Submitted by on April 7, 2012 – 11:04 amNo Comment
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…

If those opening words don’t ring a bell to you, you probably should’ve spent more time paying attention in Literature. Of course, they are the words of the famed American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe, whose very morbid writings have caused many literary enthusiasts to wonder and speculate about his life.

Now, the life and the legend of the 19th century pioneer and visionary are both being brought to life in film. A-list veteran John Cusack stars as Poe, who is initially suspected of an incredibly heinous double murder which very closely follows the details of one of his writings. Poe is not the killer, but realizes that he is being set up and that he is the only one who can find the true killer, who continues his violent spree.

This is a break from the typical biopics we’ve come to expect of famous historical figures, re-imagining Poe’s life to include a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery which he must solve. This is a pretty interesting development, especially when one considers the fact that the protagonist in this story had a true life that was interesting and dramatic enough. Before Cusack was attached to the film, Jeremy Renner, Ewan McGregor, and even Joaquin Phoenix were approached about taking the role.

If the Shakesperean-based Anonymous taught us anything, it’s that historical fiction based on fictional classics doesn’t really make for big screen magic. Will this movie be an exception?

Directed by James McTeigue, The Raven hits US theaters on April 27, 2012.

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