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The Haunted Mansion (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The Haunted Mansion
Year: 2003
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
About: A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U32Law7K-b8

My Review:
Having not seen The Haunted Mansion in a while and been badly wanting to watch it for months I decided to watch this with my mum. As a favourite of mine when I was younger and still really enjoying it as an adult. This film makes me laugh as well as keeps me entertained throughout.

I love that this film is about a an who is stuck as a ghost due to killing himself and not really understanding the truth about how the love of his life died. I think by having the woman in the film look like her which is why she is brought to the mansion rather sweet and does make the water wonder wither maybe she is Elizabeth. As the film continues and you realise that the butler done it, it isn't really surprising with his mean exterior and being creepy persona giving away that there is something wrong with the butler and that he can't be trusted. I thought having the lord of the manor as someone who just misses his wife and seems too trusting rather sad however as he realises the truth realises that sometimes those closest to you are the ones that you are not able to trust and that sometimes you need others to help point it out for you. I did think that some of the servants of the household were funny and I love seeing them on the screen realising that they are good ghosts who are just stuck there but are scared to do anything due to the butler of the mansion. Having a gypsy in the ball as well as singing statue heads made me laugh and kept this film brilliantly for a family audience and kept this film with a really light mood throughout it. By also having the son have to face his fear of spiders in order to help save his sister and his dad was something in which I thought was really sweet and shows how people are able to overcome fears when they have to even if it is really difficult for them, having this is something I thought was relateable for a lot of people made the character of the son likable. Finally, with the ghost orb throughout the house really being Elizabeth trying to tell them what happened as she was unable to was something I thought was really cleverly done and really made you feel happy when the lord is able to see her for a final time and able to move on a result of understanding what really happened to her. I thought that the acting in this is really well done and keeps it great for the whole family.

I do also feel however that some of the jokes were a little forced however that doesn't discourage me from the film and seeing some of them fail does also make me like this a little more. Overall, I really enjoy this movie and it keeps me engaged all of the way through. This is a film I would recommend to families who are looking for maybe something a bit spooky but won't scare children and something which is also funny. This is usually a Halloween movie for me however is enjoyable all year round. I will definitely be seeing this again.

My Rating: 5/5 

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