The Witch film review

Posted: March 27, 2016 in Movies
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The Witch is a period piece set in 17th century New England. It opens with a man being excommunicated from his Christian Plantation and forced to live on their own in a forest. The family has a few children, including a new baby. However, after living in the woods for a while, one day the baby disappears mysteriously. It is thought a wolf took the baby, but supernatural forces are also suspected. Evidently there is a witch in the woods, and tension runs throughout the family, as various members are suspected of communing with the devil.

There’s a lot that The Witch does right. The cinematography and acting are very good. It asks a lot of, and is quite rigorous on its child actors. Unfortunately it misses some important marks as well. While there’s a few creepy moments overall it’s not very scary at all. The dialogue is hard to understand, partly because of the old English, and partly because some of it was just too soft spoken. This could perhaps relate to my third point that the story basically didn’t make any sense.

Lastly, in a movie called the Witch, the Witch herself only appears briefly. We basically know nothing of her identity, background, or motivations. In fact you could argue she’s largely inconsequential to the film, as the big bad of the film appears to be Satan himself. Perhaps this movie just should have been called The Devil instead of The Witch.

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Comments
  1. CineMuse says:

    I agree that the plot is obscured by disjointed gothic photography but I think there is more to this little gem of a horror than meets the eye. Check out my take on it.

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