I've been meaning to watch "Blair Witch" for a long time, and I just now got around to it. Found footage isn't my favorite subgenre of horror, but because this is the newest entry in the series that basically started the movement, I felt like I needed to give it a shot.
The writing has some really strong elements and some really bad flaws. The homages that the film pays to the first film are really strong. It is cool how this film is able to recreate many elements of the iconic first film's plot while still feeling rather fresh. It isn't really scary, but much like the first film, it does a good job of creating a truly eerie and suspenseful atmosphere. The character development is also decent for the genre and the amount of time that the film has. The film tries to incorporate modern technology, such as drones, which, in principle, is really cool. However, found footage is generally told through a single-camera perspective, so with so many cameras, is it really possible for it to be unedited found footage? It really throws the principle of the medium to the curb. There is also a twist at the end that abandons series mythology, and I hated that.
I also don't think that found footage films necessarily need to have bad cinematography. The camerawork is very shaky, even to the point of being slightly disorienting at times. However, the filmmakers did a very good job using the natural environments to their benefit, especially in atmospheric terms. The acting is also good as a whole.
Overall, I actually liked "Blair Witch" a lot more than I thought I would. It is a very good entry into the series and the genre, and despite its flaws, it managed to keep me interested.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray from the library.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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