I’m conflicted by this film. On one hand, I know that a tremendous amount of time and detail must have gone into making it. On the other, the material is so dense that without delving deep into it extensively, there isn’t anything for me. I want to say this is a great film just not one I can enjoy.
Il milionesimo tentativo fallito di dare ad una storia di stregoneria uno spessore narrativo sorprendente ed importante. La strega vive nel bosco, può trasformarsi in una seduttrice, agisce di notte e colpisce prima i bambini che gli adulti, ma, oltre a queste banalità, viene gettato nel pentolone un patto col diavolo, il quale ha le sembianze di, indovinate, un caprone. Nero. Passabile solo a livello tecnico.
Pretty, but hardly innovative. The typical projections about blossoming womanhood as seen by a male director, dressed up by beautiful photography. Has nice moments and lovely tableaux, but, honestly, kind of silly. The sort of film that could impress an audience who don't watch a lot of films.
As with Christopher Smith's "Black Death", there is a terrifyingly infinite potential of the unknown borne of ignorance and faith. Whether seen as a feminist parable, a study of puritanical mores, or a group isolation horror, "The Witch" loses its power the moment we see the object of fear, for seeing is believing in a way. To come to our own beliefs without proof would have been a greater test of our faiths.