The Witch is a supernatural thriller set in 17th century America.
Not horror. Thriller. Thriller.
Those going into the movie expecting horror will be disappointed. Honestly, some of the scariest moments in the movie are actually in the trailer. I was fine with this, but not everyone will be, and if your expectations aren’t in check, you will come out disappointed.
Story-wise, this is a story about a descent into madness. Through tragedy (the loss of an infant child) and hardship (the failure of crops), a family slowly starts disintegrate as hopelessness mounts. What’s causing this? Is it a witch? If it is, is that witch Thomalsin?
Let’s be clear: this is an art house movie, and all that that entails. It’s gorgeous to look at, the music is chilling to the bone, the acting is wonderful and it’s got mood up the wazoo. It just doesn’t have a lot of action. Or violence. Or gore. The movie doesn’t need it, but if you’re expecting a traditional experience, you may be left wanting. I do think the ads are misleading and it’s leaving some disappointed as a result.
This isn’t for everyone, but if you like mood pieces and period films, you’ll love this.
Verdict: It is hit or miss for people, so maybe go at a bargain matinee if art house isn’t normally your thing.
Bonus mini-review of Deadpool
Deadpool is a traditional superhero origin story movie without the moralizing that normally comes with the genre. I don’t know how well it’ll hold up in the long run, but it was fun for what it was. If you think you’ll like it, you probably will. Just know that it has a potty mouth and is pretty violet – definitely more so than The Witch.