There was a bit of buzz with the new movie The Pale Blue Eye that debuted on Netflix last week. Mostly had to do because it featured Edgar Allan Poe and the person who portrayed him Harry Melling who is better known as Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter. He had quite the glow up since then.
The plot takes place in 1830 at West Point Academy as an inspector is sent to investigate a mysterious murder of a West Point cadet. He enlists the help of one of the cadets, a man who would later become the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe.
There’s a good bit of morbid imagery explored as the two men go about trying to solve the case. There’s a bit of a gothic air and even suggestions of the supernatural being involved. Melling definitely portrays Poe in an excellent way and it felt like the origin of the poet was expanded on.
That’s not the only Harry Potter connection however as Timothy Spall who you may know as Wormtail is featured as the Superintendent of the Academy. And the man who plays in every movie known Toby Jones plays the mortician.
Besides the characters, I appreciated the atmosphere of the movie. For example there are scenes that take place in dimly lit rooms, and sometimes all you can hear is the howling of the wind outside. Definitely gave the movie a spooky aesthetic.
I really appreciated the story being told here, and just when you think everything is resolved and wrapped in a neat little bow, they throw an extra twist at the end.
This movie definitely impressed me and I highly recommend checking it out. It is currently streaming on Netflix and you still may catch it in theaters as well.
If you already seen The Pale Blue Eye, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay scared!