Movie Review: The Witch

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Set in 1630s New England, The Witch is a story about a family ex communicated from a Puritan settlement, in return forced to live in the wilderness and terrorized by possibly a Witch living near their home.

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The Good

Easily the creepiest movie and possibly the best horror movie to come out this year. The Witch is an incredibly unsettling experience. The sound is haunting and it lingers even after you’ve seen the movie. It’s increasingly disturbing as it goes and it does an amazing job creating an eerie environment that would definitely give you goosebumps and make you squirm on your seat.

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First time director Robert Eggers understands horror and he knows what makes you uncomfortable. He did an incredible job with this movie and his actors and actresses did the same. They are all very good in the movie, each bringing out the best performance they can get from one another. Anya Taylor Joy who plays Thomasin is without a doubt the breakout star in this movie. With her convincing and strong performance she did a great job playing her role.

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The cinematography is great, the movie has very bleak visuals which creates a feeling of hopelessness and though you want to root for the family to prosper, you can tell it’s all downhill from the get go. The story is very unpredictable and it keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next.


The Bad

Though it did an amazing job creating an extremely uncomfortable environment. The movie does starts very slow. Some might find this boring though when the horror and unpredictability kicks in, it’s a disturbing experience all the way to the end.

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Seeing how the movie’s set in the 1600s the character’s dialogue are filled with “thou” and “thy”. This in return, might make it difficult for viewers to understand the movie and at times I found myself needing subtitles.


Rating

The Witch won’t be for everyone, horror fans who loves jump-scares will most likely find this movie boring for the most part. However if you’re someone who enjoyed movies such as It Follows, Let The Right One In or The Babadook, The Witch is something you would appreciate. It’s a slow burn of a movie that builds up to an intense climax and it’s one that lingers hours after you’ve seen the movie.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Strong Performances
  • Eerie and Uncomfortable Atmosphere
  • Haunting Sound
  • Slow Start
  • Hard to Understand Dialogue
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