Continuing in our world tour in one of my classes, the next film we watched was "War Witch", a story set in Africa during a war. I generally like war films set in Africa, and this film is no exception, as it is so well-made.
The characters in this film were very well-developed. The audience is very easily able to relate to the protagonist and the main secondary character, Magician. The film has some time skips, but the story is still cohesive, and honestly, I think that the ambiguity associated with the time gaps is more effective than actually showing what happened. The story is also extremely interesting, at least to me. I find stories surrounding child soldiers to be riveting and complex, but this film offers even more. It adds another layer of emotion through the fantasy elements of the film, providing for a quite unique experience.
The cinematography of the film is very good. It is rough and shaky during the violent battle sequences, and smooth and elegant during the more whimsical elements. The cinematography and editing contribute to successful pacing, which is extremely quick, but not rushed. The acting in the film is also great, especially the lead actress and the actor who played Magician, both delivering extremely strong, emotional performances.
I really ended up loving "War Witch". It's a good entry into an interesting genre. If you are a fan of similar films, you should defintiely check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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