THE WITCH (Robert Eggers). Coming to theatres February.
By Norman Wilner
Feb 11, 2016
THE WITCH (Robert Eggers). Coming to theatres February 19, 2016. NNNN
In 17th century New England, a pious family of settlers becomes convinced that their run of bad luck is the result of witchcraft and turn on one another in an attempt to root out the malevolence in their household.
Eggers’s first feature plays like a tightening noose, ratcheting the tension up scene by scene while maintaining an uneasy ambiguity about the nature of the threat.
Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie are painfully believable as a God-fearing couple desperately trying to rationalize the inexplicable, and Anya Taylor-Joy is simply stunning as their terrified, all-too-innocent eldest daughter. I’d argue the movie would be even better had it ended three minutes sooner, but I’m likely to be in the minority.
Coming to theatres February 19. Watch the trailer here.
A life-long Torontonian, Norman became the senior film writer for NOW in early 2008. Previously he had reviewed films for Metro newspapers across Canada and covered every video format imaginable (yes, even Beta).