Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Woman in Black film ending

***Film Ending Spoilers***

The Woman in Black film ending can be interpreted many different ways. However, the film ending is rather ambiguous with explaining the woman in black's true intentions. Is the woman in black trying to help Arthur reach the afterlife to reunite with his wife? Or does the woman in black want to claim Joseph's soul? The Woman in Black film ending has multiple meanings.

The Woman in Black film ending captures the essence of the metaphysical film. We watch Arthur reunite the woman in black with her son. Nonetheless, the son's spirit mentions "you're not my mother" to confuse the moviegoer. What does this dialogue suggest?

It is quite possible the woman in black is not the deceased boy's mother? Could the boy's spirit sense the woman in black is no longer his mother since she is evil? We can interpret this dialogue with reviewing the curse. Why did the woman in black curse the small town?

The woman in black put a curse on the children to make the parents feel grief. Her son died in a carriage accident along the marsh. She blames the son's caretakers for allowing him to die. Maybe the son doesn't consider the woman in black his mother because his guardians took care of him.

Remember, the woman in black experienced a mental breakdown of some sort that resulted in her losing her son. She eventually experienced depression and hate immediately after her son died in the carriage accident. As a result of the loss, the woman in black hung herself.

Most ghost movies covering spirits who commit suicide revisit the source. The woman in black killed three girls to open the film. She didn't kill another child until Arthur disturbed her home. The "you're not my mother" reference is possibly the boy's spirit indicating his mother has transformed into a malevolent spirit.

On the opposing side, the boy's spirit rejects the woman in black since she experienced a mental breakdown that resulted in the boy living with new caretakers. In a way, the woman in black is only his biological mother while the female caretaker is identified as his adopted mother.

The Woman in Black film ending reveals the woman in black will never forgive. She makes it known that Arthur reuniting her with her son is not enough to heal past wounds. The son's spirit told the woman in black that "you're not my mother" right at the time she swooped down to take him.

The woman in black probably realized that she could never reunite with her son. Hence, the son probably felt abandoned during his death. Nobody was there to save him from dying. The mother committed suicide, and then put an evil curse on children in the town. The boy doesn't recognize his mother that failed to protect him.

At the train station, the woman in black hypnotizes Joseph to walk on the tracks. Her intentions are to take Joseph's soul, causing Arthur to experience further anguish. She wants every parent to feel her pain and grief. Arthur rushed on the train tracks to save Joseph, although the train kills both of them.

The darkness smothering the train station revealed that Arthur and Joseph reached the afterlife. In a spiritual sense, the dark world resembling the physical world is conveyed as the astral plane.

Down the train tracks, a glowing female Angel draws closer. Joseph asks his father whose that woman? Arthur tells Joseph the woman is your mother. Joseph smiles happily. Arthur and Joseph reunite with Stella. Joseph meets his mother for the first time since she died giving birth to him. The film ending solves Arthur's internal motivation that mourning for his deceased wife after four long year will finally end.

The woman in black watches the family bond together. She seems to show slight emotion. We recognize that the woman in black can never make the proper transition to Heaven because her hate is too strong. Therefore, the woman in black is stuck between the physical and the astral plane. She shows that she can move between the two worlds to inflict harm on the living.

Stella leads her husband and son to Heaven. It is one of those film endings that create a good emotional response. We're happy the film ended in this way.

The woman in black looks at the movie audience with a creepy stare. Will the woman in black continue to curse the children in the local town? The initial reaction to the woman in black's stare is that she will continue cursing children to seek revenge. Her son no longer recognizes her as his mother. The son probably reached Heaven, while the woman in black is stuck in-between the living and spiritual worlds.

The Woman in Black film ending conveys that allowing resentment, hatred, regret, pain, and a multitude of emotions all channeling at once will trap evil spirits. The woman in black failed to claim Joseph's soul because Arthur sacrificed his life to save his son's soul. Hence, the woman in black realized that she could never experience family bonding again.

The preceding analysis of The Woman in Black film ending is derived from movie facts. It is our personal perception of what the film ending conveys to us. What do you think about The Woman in Black film ending? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. While I agree with the majority of thi analysis I think there it one more layer to consider. While the woman's hatred is due to her child being taken from her I think that her afterlife actions are also aimed at testing the parents rather than collecting children. When Radcliffe begins reading her letter on of them states that the Doptive parents had the chance to save the boy and chose to save themselves. I felt that the woman was testing the parents by placing the children in oil and making the parents abandon their own self preservation and lay down their lives for their children. I think this is supported by the death of the barrister's daughter in the fire. The woman in black did not kill her instantly but placed her in a position to see if anyone would come for her. When the woman saw that it was Radcliffe and no the parents who showed up in the fiery basement, she took the girl's life. When radcliffe sacrifices his life and chooses death with his son rather than life without he transcends her and is rewarded in the afterlife.

    1. @JReview,

      Thanks for the analysis. We covered this woman on several of our movie websites such as PlotSpoiler.com, TwistEndings.com, iSpoilers.com, MetaphysicalMovies.com, AstralWriter.com, MovieExplanations.com, and a few others.

      The Woman in the Black is one of those popular movies with plenty of interest to explain the underlying meaning. You made good points regarding testing the parents to save their children. It is a moral game that Arthur defeats.

      But on the opposing side, The Woman in Black does kill the three young girls at the beginning because their parents are not there to save them from jumping. Nobody helped the young girl who died in the poison accident.

      The Woman in Black experienced mental issues that caused her to lose the son. The son no longer recognizes his evil mother. This film is so complex that any interpretation supported with good analysis will suffice. You proved your point.

      The Woman in Black sought after revenge. Hateful spirits refuse to give up; they want everyone to feel their pain. Most movies end with closure, so that what makes The Woman in Black special.

      Arthur never accepted his wife's death. He essentially gave up (unpaid property note in bag), though his son Joseph keeps him pressing forward to prevent any unfortunate mishaps.

      The Woman in Black is an insidious entity which resembles the old woman in Insidious. Woman in black stops killing children until Arthur disturbs her peace. It is then the first ill girl enters the police station.

      Every time Arthur returns back to the estate, another child dies. The first time he visits, the young girl dies from ingesting poison. The next time Arthur goes to visit, the girl dies in the fire. The last time he visits, Joseph and he die in the movie end. There is a patter of three going on in the film, such as what Hitchcock executed in his early thriller films. We also see three girls jump out of three different windows.

      Arthur and Joseph get rewarded in the end. For the first time, Joseph meets his mother ever since she passed in childbirth. Arthur finally satisfies his inner motivation to reunite with his wife. This is all personal perception rather than actual evidence.

      The Rule of Three is utilized to create suspense. We know something bad will happen at the movie end. Check out Hitchcock's Notorious movie and Strangers on a Train movie to see the Rule of Three in action.

      Revenge and sacrificial themes are woven in as emotional structure to enhance the script. The town people understand the power of the woman in black curse. They would rather prevent danger rather than deal with the outcome.

      The Woman in Black is open for interpretation. It is an excellent movie with multiple emotional layers resonating all at once. Arthur saved his son's soul as a sacrificial character, which is one excellent film ending to tie up his loose ends. The town will be safe from the woman in black until another person visits the estate.

      Thanks for the analysis. You are welcome to visit the websites mentioned above to leave comments. Thanks again.

    2. But with the poison episode she could still have been testing if the parents were their the help or stop the girl from drinking the poison

  2. It's not that her son doesn't recognize her because she's evil. It's because he never saw her as his mother. She was supposed to be a secret. The woman who raised him, her sister, would always be his mother in his eyes. He knew nothing of the adoption or @ least that is what is conveyed in the movie.

  3. Hello guys i have really enjoyed the movie and wanted to thank you for sharing your profounding opinions. For me(just my point of view) the end of the movie is very clear, the curse was finally lifted, not in general, but for his own son,because Arthur sacrificed him for his child. All the others in the village wasnt there to avoid the death of their children. The curse of the woman in black is based on grief, hate and over and over condemning you could have saved him. Like on the wall in his room or in the letters. So i dont see any good intentions that the black woman wanted to help or repay Arthur and reunite them. She is definetly pure evil and she wants the souls of the children. If Arthur didnt help Joseph the woman in Black would have won and got Joseph's soul like those of the other children. So again Arthur lifted the curse and Joseph is in heaven now instead of the evil spirit realm.
    But one thing is still not quite clear for me. Was the woman in Black really mentally ill? Because her voice in the letter sounded very benevolent, reasonable and sad. There are always 2 sides of the coin. What is evil? I can really feel her sadness and have some kind of compassion with her. Because the way i see it she got betrayed by the others(maby liars) and couldnt see her beloved son. And finally her only son died because they so called righteous, responsible adoptive parents didnt save him. Well i hope someone can answer that for me. Was she really mentally ill that the others could take away her only child?

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  8. I've gone over the part of the film where the woman in black swoops down to her child. I just cant hear the "you're not my mother" at all in that segment of the film.

    I'm using 7.1 surround, not sure if that would have made any difference, my sound is turned on full as well.

    1. I can't hear it either, so it was a very confusing ending.

  9. YOU"RE ALL WRONG. I see a different ending. not a happy one. but a bit of a twist to the twist. I believe that arthur and misha were not walking off with stella, rather they were walking off with TWIB who was appearing to them as stella. they are off to join the rest of the children in their fate as hopeless prisoners. TWIB even looks like stella at the ending shot. Here's my reasoning....at the very beginning, and then throughout we see the children committing suicide for some unexplained reason. this is the most horrific point in the story, and it should have been on the forefront of your thoughts throughout. (for some reason i do not see anyone else discussing this point.....-wake up folks). at the 70 minute mark, mrs daley is possessed by nicholas who speaks to arthur, reiterating the disturbing fact "she makes us do it..... somehow she takes us". this movie would have no closure without answering this quiestion, and the ending provides this by showing that TWIB appears as someone or something that the children are drawn to which they do not fear. TWIB then leads them away and they are trapped in her domain. teck has spoken.

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