It has been a while since I have written a movie review probably because it’s also been a while since I have watched a movie good enough for me to write about. The thing with Horror movies is that what I might find good someone else will probably hate and vice-versa.
Last week I watched a movie called The Witch (2016). It is a Horror/Psychological Thriller but I would say it’s more of a Thriller then anything.
The Witch is set in 1630, in New England America. The opening scene follows a family who are exiled from their community and instead move to farm at the edge of an ominous forest. Tragedy strikes as the infant child of the family disappears inexplicably, a chain of increasingly bizarre events lead to claims of witchcraft and sorcery that implode the family.
Firstly, I will talk about the things that I thought the movie did quite good in. The acting was superb throughout the movie. I especially enjoyed the character of the eldest daughter played by Anya Taylor-Joy. She does a good job in making you think ‘what is she exactly’? I was constantly swaying from different opinions of her. The overall acting is of a high standard. I liked the atmosphere of the movie. There is always a lingering tension in the air, a unary feeling. You have a feeling that something is definitely going to go wrong. You have to be warned that there are some truly disturbing scenes in the movie that in my opinion is a good thing.
Now I will look at the things that I did not enjoy. There is few to be honest. As much as I tried, I just could not come to grips with the dialog. As the movie is set in a period time, they use old English of that era. Unfortunately, for me, it made it hard to understand what was going on half the time. I watch allot of Korean, Chinese, Japanese movies and I can understand them better from reading subtitles then I could from The Witch. It could probably do with some subtitles at times.
The second things that rather putt me off was the pacing of the movie. I just felt like things could have moved along faster. The last thing that I did not like was that, not much happened. I would of preferred more things to kick off and just go all out but instead I was left with an empty feeling. I wanted more but got something less.
In conclusion, I personally did not enjoy The Witch. The reason why I am recommending it is that, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie and what is it to say that you won’t love it. The Witch has very good reviews critically. If you like movies that are not fast paced (which to be fair I usually do) you will probably like it. Ultimately, I was left disappointed and I won’t watch the movie again but I recommend that you try it because you may have a completely different opinion to me.
Scare Factor 6/10
The good – very dark atmosphere, great acting throughout, disturbing scenes
Bad – hard to understand the dialog, slow phase, not much action