I have heard some really good things about "The Witch", but I have also heard some really bad things too. I tend to be a fan of indie horror, however, and the trailer looked phenomenal, so I really wanted to see the film.
I have to say, my theater-going experience was not a great one. We were alone in the theater, and I love to watch the audience react. The sound quality was not very good. The aspect ratio and the screen size did not match. Theater workers shined light on the screen every time they walked in. It was annoying.
The film does some really good things. The cinematography is often phenomenal. The acting is really good, for the most part. The script has both literal and metaphorical interpretations. I thought that it was pretty interesting, and really intense and suspenseful in many parts. The film had an eerie, creepy tone to it, like I had wanted and expected.
That being said, there were also a lot of things that I didn't like too. The score was pretty generic. There were points when the score drove to nothing. The film way overused cut-to-black, to the point where it was almost distracting. The ending was absolute crap. My rating for this film would probably be an A- or an A if it weren't for the ending. The film even had a pseudo-ending that would have been far better and added ambiguity.
So, did I like it? Yes, I thought that it was pretty well-made, and it was also pretty interesting. Is this for everyone? Not at all.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably, when it goes onto Prime.
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