FILM REVIEW: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH
Attention grabbing, a little faster than a slow burn and remarkably atmospheric, Rodrigo Gudino’s The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh utilizes actor Aaron Poole’s unique capability to hold the viewers at eye level and empathize with him throughout.
As the singular actor who visually carries the film as Leon Leigh, (Aaron Poole) Leon returns to his recently deceased mother’s house (Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave; in a majority voice over role) to sort her affairs and figure out what do do with her collection of angels, gargoyles and religious relics.
The atmosphere including the relics, Vanessa Redgrave in a voice over role and the house itself serves as a character to contend with Leon as he tries to make sense of his relationship with his mother and equally, with religion. At the core of this film is a story about a son trying to figure out where he and his mother’s relationship cracked and how should he handle it in death?
The Last Will and Testament Of Rosalind Leigh is moody. But what mood exactly should we feel is uncertain; to only be answered at the film’s ending. The collaboration of a stellar team pulled this off so effectively.
The movie sits with you after its over. You likely won’t be terrorized or traumatized while watching this film however your thought-receptors will be turned on and remain on for some time after.
What is the film’s message? What was Rosalind Leigh trying to tell her son? The answers are waiting. You just have to enter this haunted house to find them.