I have heard a lot of good things about "The Love Witch", so I finally decided to watch it on Amazon Prime. I found it to be a perfect recreation and homage of the genre. Unfortunately, it's a genre that I don't care too much for.
Films centered around cults, especially those from the 60's and 70's have notoriously odd pacing. Sometimes, it works ("Rosemary's Baby"). Sometimes, it doesn't. This is an example of a film that falls into the latter category. I found myself bored through most of the film. Very little of the film is adequately suspenseful as a horror/thriller, and very little of the film is funny as a satire. There are many times that I considered quitting the film, and I usually ended up happy that I didn't because when there was a part that got gruelingly slow, there was a funny part that followed it. The character development was also lackluster, in my opinion, and many of the ideas that the film tries to present are half-baked.
The execution of the film is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it does truly function as a perfect recreation of an older genre. The color scheme and visual style are perfect. The acting is also awful. Again, it is fitting, but that doesn't change the fact that it is embarrassingly bad.
Overall, I don't think that "The Love Witch" was as good as it was made out to be. I do see what people saw in it, but because I don't enjoy the genre, I didn't really enjoy the homage.
The Love Witch
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: Amazon Prime.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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