Monday, January 23, 2017

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

The Witch (2015) is a fantastic little film that takes religion, the devil, and witchcraft seriously. Set in the decade after Plymouth Rock, it follows a paterfamilias who is too puritan for the Puritans, and gets himself and his family expelled from the plantation for pride. They set off to make it on their own in the wilderness and things go horrifyingly awry. In a lesser movie, the devout Christian father would have been the villain, but while he is severe, his sincere love for his family is touchingly evident, albeit somewhat misguided.

The XVIIth Centure dialogue is a pleasure to the ear, as is protagonist Anya Taylor-Joy to the eyes.

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