Marrowbone [2017] ★★

How do you promote a great looking misfire these days? You tell people that it was written and directed by the same man who wrote the superior Spanish film “The Orphanage”. As much as I wanted to like his latest effort, “Marrowbone”, I have to be honest in evaluating this film: it’s a disappointment. I can’t fault the actors, who give it their very best. George MacKay plays a young man who has to take care of his siblings when their mother passes away. If you’ve seen the trailer, then you probably know that they live in a creepy mansion where things go bump in the night. But there’s more to the story than ghosts, and that’s where the movie falls short. As the film goes on, the constant teases grow tiresome, and when the answers are finally revealed in the final act, they are less than “shocking”. Writer-director Sergio G. Sanchez has done wonders with “The Orphanage” many years ago, and because of that, I expected something better from him. That’s not to say that the movie is a complete waste of time. But with all the talents involved, it should add up to something more memorable. Sorry to say, “Marrowbone” just isn’t good enough for me to recommend.

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