The Witch: Is it Worth Your Money?
Writen and Directed by Robert Eggers
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, and Ellie Grainger
Run Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
If you’re unfamiliar with the basic premise of The Witch, it’s set in 1630 New England and follows a religious family that tries to survive exile in a clearing next to a forest. All doesn’t go to plan, and things really start falling apart once the families new born baby goes missing.
I’d like to touch on some facinating background regarding the origin of the plot, and some of the dialogue before giving my over all opinion of the movie. This movie is not based on the Salem witch trials, but about 60 years earlier. Much of the plot and dialogue are taken from actual accounts of perceived witchery during this time. While the authentic 17th century New England dialect may be a little hard to follow, it certainly lends to the believability of the film and helps further the suspension of disbelief allowing you to better enjoy the film.
Relative new comer writer and director Robert Eggers has quickly made a name for himself with his first full length motion picture The Witch. Considering it has won awards from Sundance, Fantastic Fest, London Film Festival, and more I went into this screening with high expectations. Expectations that quite honestly didn’t immediately pay off. SOME people who’ve seen this movie are complaining that it is just too slow, and it is pretty slow at times. The redeeming value comes from fleeting moments of intense, pulsing snippets of the titular witch. These intense moments become more frequent leading to the films climax, and if you’re like me makes you want to immediately turn around and watch it again despite any pacing issues. Quite honestly, I left the screening of the Witch a bit in shock. I knew what I saw was pretty powerful, but it really took me a few days to process. I will be going to see it again this weekend as it is currently in theaters, and expect to pick up on underlying themes that I missed the first time around.
If you’re a fan of artfully made, well shot horror movies than this movie is definitely worth the price of admission. If you’re not a fan of independent movies, slow burns, or just horror in general I definitely suggest skipping it.