14A) The Witch
14A for Mature Themes, Disturbing Content
Running Time: 93 Minutes
1 and a half stars out of 4.
The Witch feels like an epilogue to what will be an incredibly exciting, scary, and tense horror classic. I was utterly disappointed by this film, and while the ensemble cast led by Anya Taylor Joy all do solid work with what they are given, I couldn't help but feel bored and confused for most of the duration of this film. I wanted to like this film, as I had heard that it is a new "Contemporary Horror Classic," but there is just nothing in "The Witch" that interested me, beyond some of the dialogue and performances from the ensemble cast. Essentially, The Witch feels as if Director Robert Eggers gives you the pieces to half of a puzzle and expects you to solve it, and like the film, it just does not work, and just because characters in the film get lost, does not mean the movie should also get lost. I really wanted to like this film, but there is not much here to like. The stylistic choices of dialogue, and costumes are interesting, but essentially, nothing really happens, until the last ten minutes when the film really begins. Maybe my expectations were too high based on the positive buzz out of both The Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, and maybe I am not the target audience for a Historical Horror film of this nature, but these are still not excuses for the overall mediocrity of the film itself. I say, save your money and instead go see Deadpool or How To Be Single.
Into the wild, The Witch is nothing short of abysmal.