That may come due to the direction of James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). If so, good for him. It’s his stylized direction that brings the world of Poe to vivid, dark, dank life. Baltimore is grimy, akin to 19th century London. There is little sunshine in its skies and McTeigue sets the proper macabre tone for The Raven. Where he falters, however, is not dialing the tension up to a necessary level to induce the scares he’s seeking.
He can take, however, credit for an intriguing collaboration with Cusack that holds the audience’s attention. Is it perfect? No, but there’s enough here to make The Raven an entertaining film.