Director: Rodrigo Gudino
Starring: Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Charlotte Sullivan
Faith is fragile
Leon Leigh has returned to his childhood home after being told that his mother, Rosalind Leigh has sadly passed away. Her house is filled with old antiques, but Leon is soon to experience that there is more than inanimated stuff in the house of his deceased mother.
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh tries to go all out in the mood and atmosphere department, and also tries to deliver a story about loss and faith. It starts out very slow and tries to build up… but to what I’m not sure. It never seems to get started and it didn’t take long before I became quite restless and annoyed by the movie. It’s one thing to try to be artsy and “say something”, but a filmmaker should never forget that a film is meant to also offer entertainment. A film about deep issues will never succeed if neither the story or the main character becomes a real person to the viewer.
It is a very minimalistic film, with only one real character in a big house. Much of the film is narrated by a voice over of Rosalind Leigh and it all becomes very redundant very quickly. Although there is a clear attempt and effort put into delivering a good looking film, there sadly doesn’t seem to be enough talent behind the camera to make the look of the film keep you interested either.
Interestingly enough, this film is the creation of Rodrigo Gudino, who in the horror community will be known for being the founder and publisher of the Rue Morgue horror magazine. This is his first feature film and even if I obviously didn’t care much for it, it still feels like a personal project by the director and I hate to be that harsh about it. There’s not that many horror films that we see these days that tackle the type of subject matter like this one do and I wish I would have found something that I enjoyed about it.
Since he is pretty much all alone and has to carry the film by himself, a lot is put on the shoulders of actor Aaron Poole in the role of Leon Leigh. He does a decent job, but it feels like it becomes too much for one person in the end. When they are also ready to deliver the scares in the final part of the film, things kind of just fall apart and it just does not work.
The Last Testament and Will of Rosalind Leigh ended up being a disappointment for me, sadly. I hate to well, hate on it but it became a boring experience where nothing connected with me whatsoever. It has been getting some praise the last year, so perhaps it’s just not meant to be for me. I would not recommend seeing it unless you are prepared for something very slow and “deep”. For me, I will probably forget about this one very fast.