"Wouldst thou like the taste of butter? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?" -Black Phillip, The Witch
No. Nah. Not today, Satan. Not Today.
The Witch follows the Christian household of William(Ralph Ineson) and Katherine(Kate Dickie) and their five children in 1630s New England. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes under the eye of the oldest daughter, Thomasin(Anya Taylor-Joy), they are quick to blame one another. Their crops fail, and things go from bad to worse as each person becomes caught up in their sins and allowing evil to enter their hearts.
It creeps me out. It has some well thought out possibilities and implications. But, ultimately, I was bored.
The Witch had a strong feel or aura to it that made everything seem bigger or more important than what it was. Everything kept you on edge waiting for something to happen. It met its very basic purpose of being a horror/thriller movie. It was mildly nerve-racking.
One of my favorite scenes, however, is when Black Phillip the black goat became the “Devil." It was one of the best scenes and the one that intrigued me the most. The scene was almost all questions, questions of morality, fate, and temptation. They were all posed in the deepest yet smoothest voice that made the whole offer seem so dangerous yet so very enticing. So I thank Daniel Chaudhry, as the voice behind the devil goat, for bringing the touch that this movie was missing the whole time. I will say, the inclusion of Black Philip even if he was not an actual “character” brought more to the story more than anyone. The effect the small animal had on all the main characters was so dark and harsh; it is astounding at how well he is woven into the story.
The twins(Ellie Grainger/Lucas Dawson) as well also brought some questions to the table, the question of who can you trust to tell the story. It puts me almost in the mind of “The Babadook," where there is deeper meaning behind the terror. There's a part of me that wants to like the movie, because of that, but I can't.
While it was suspenseful, it wasn’t enough to keep me tied to the movie. It came off as anticlimactic and confusing. I wouldn't say the film is neither thrilling nor horror. It simply was… a movie.
Because it does have all the making to be good and scary, but I spent most of the time just asking "WTF?"
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
The movie has all the parts to be wonderfully enticing, but for me, it just misses the mark and lands on the floor.
The best thing out the whole movie a was a goat.