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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Review

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm by Jess Hicks

Rosalind Leigh title
It’s somewhat fitting that I watched this film just in time for Mother’s Day. Not that it is overly sentimental towards mothers, but there is a distinct theme of relationships in this film primarily the one between mother and son.

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh centers around a Leon Leigh who has been estranged with his mother for years. After her death, he comes back to his childhood home to settle up some lingering issues and try to come to terms with the loss of his mother. The film has heavy religious undertones that really make the viewer think about what exactly is going on in the main character’s mind.

First off, I want to compliment the cinematography along with the set design for bringing some truly beautiful and unnerving shots and settings. The film is set almost completely within the house of Rosalind Leigh and is decorated with some pretty disturbing and beautiful artwork that her son has been selling. There are many shots of the interior, and at times I couldn’t tell if I was seeing an apparition or just another relic in the house. It really gave you a sense of disorientation that added to the atmosphere of the film.

Rosalind Leigh living room

Atmosphere is the key to this film, and I can see how some people could interchange heavy atmosphere with being uneventful or boring. However, I absolutely love atmosphere, and if done right, I feel it can be one of the most effective ways of scaring people. This film certainly does its job there. Not only is the house itself creepy, but the solitude constantly puts you on edge. Not to mention the fact that Leon suffers from severe anxiety inflicted upon him by his mother’s religious preaching. While watching, I found myself wondering if Leon was actually seeing things or if his mind was mixing with the bad memories of the house and causing him to hallucinate.

Going into this, I expected a typical haunted house film, which isn’t a bad thing. I actually usually enjoy a good haunted house flick. What I got was something a little more complex. It’s hard to distinguish what type of film this is, be it supernatural, religious, or psychological. I think it is a bit of a mix between the three, which made it very interesting to me. Without giving too much away, I will say that the reveal of what is “haunting” Leon was extremely unexpected.

Roaslind Leon

Rodrigo Gudino gave us a film that makes the viewer do some work in figuring it out. The story, and particularly the ending, allows the viewer to form their own opinion of what is happening, and I think that’s a refreshing approach when it comes to horror films. Often times we are given a film devoid of any kind of thinking or imagination, leaving us with the though, “Yep, that was a movie.”

If you are looking for a scary movie with lots of action and outright scares, you probably will want to skip this; but in case you are willing to check something out that is a bit different, I highly recommend checking out The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. Go into it with an open mind, and when you see it, let us know what you thought!

FILM RATING: B

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh opens across theaters in Canada May 9th.

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