The Witch (Canada, 2015) – The novice director Robert Eggers provides a profound, creepy dread that gnaws at your bones, and which comes back to find you in the dark.
Okay, it sounds like a boring commercial, but that’s what The Witch is in fact: a ninety-minutes-long horror (slash drama, slash mystery) movie which drags the viewer into a dismal and colorless world.
The beautiful cinematography and the astonishing photography serve together perfectly for this purpose, by creating an overall atmosphere that’s both amazing and deeply unsettling. The music, especially its absence, is extremely useful in creating a dismal context. Another thing that I really love in this movie is the acting: the cast members do a great job and Anya Taylor-Joy, the actress who plays Thomasin, the oldest daughter in the protagonist family of the story and the main character, is absolutely awesome, literally a star in the making.
Was everything perfect in this movie? Actually, it wasn’t. I personally have two problems with The Witch: the first one is about the pace. I mean, it never gets boring but it’s definitely too slow. In some scense, the slowness is functional to the atmosphere, in some others it’s simply annoying and it didn’t help in keeping the focus on the plot itself. The other problem is probably the biggest one. A movie, every single movie, is supposed to be entertaining and The Witch doesn’t completely achieve this purpose due to the pace and the too long unnecessary scenes.
In conclusion, I think that The Witch stands out among many movies of recent years thanks to the atmosphere and the cast performances, but it lacks in entertainment and that’s what makes it less enjoyable than the othere titles usually considered as the ribirth of Horror cinema.