Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The VVitch aka The Witch Review

The VVitch got the setting right even though it was filmed in Canada.  I've been to Northeastern Canada and live in the Northeastern United States just a few hours from Ontario and Quebec, where the film was captured, and can tell you that most of the forest looks the same in the Northeast.  It's pretty much loaded with evergreens and pine-needles and if you strip all the modern houses and businesses from the landscape, you'd get exactly what the Puritans would have encountered upon arriving in the Northeastern Americas (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).  Technically Massachusetts Bay Colony was comprised of parts of Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire for the most part.

Anyway, the way the antiquated English accent is spliced with a Northeastern American accent was clever.  They got down exactly what I'd expect the Puritans to sound like in dialect.  As far as wardrobe goes, let me just tell you, the Puritans typically only wore greys, white, off-whites, and browns, because they didn't have many fabric options.  In addition, dyes were not readily available in such isolation until later peaceful contact with the indigenous peoples of the Americas was made as these people knew which plants would produce dye colors.  Also, buttons....yeah, the Amish aren't allowed to wear them and I doubt the Puritans wore them.  They would have been considered flashy and something that appeals to vanity.

Now, this film was painfully long and I'm not sure exactly what the point was other than that the woods really are evil and true Satanic witches do rub solutions on their bodies so they can fly.  Other than that, it really sucks to be isolated from everyone and live out in the woods with your family if you have lots of kids and that teenage boys are perverts.  That kid kept looking at his sister's boobs.  I guess the whole idea of suppression through religion was apparent, but the family is almost freed of some of those bounds when they are cast into isolation.

This film was strange, but atmospheric and visually appealing, but I was bored to be honest.  If you're expecting The Crucible or any of the witchcraft films involving Puritans or Pilgrims that have been released thus-far, this film definitely sets itself apart from any of those films you may have seen.  You'll have to watch to find out.  Is anyone really a witch or is it all in their heads.  Is the woods really an evil place full of Satan's army of witches, who've signed his book with their blood or is this early New England family just paranoid and going mad from being so isolated from their peers in a New World?

I am going to have to give it a B-.