I think Edgar Allen Poe, if he were alive, would enjoy this movie. It was well-written and suspenseful. There are two aspects of the movie;however, that I question: 1. John Cusack was very stilted in his performance, and I therefore, wonder if he was the right Poe for the job. The problem was his attempt to act out "anquish," and somehow, match the tormented behavior and life that Edgar Allen Poe lived. When he reached down for that pain and suffering all we got was exaggerated buffery. 2. I would have liked to know more about what made the adversary tick. Why did he feel motivated to bring the works of famous writers to life, to the point of ultimately killing the very thing he loved--great writing and the gifted writer? Even so, I liked the movie, but feel a better Poe was standing in the wings.