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Movie review: Season of the Witch
In this movie, Nicolas Cage plays the role of a crusader of the 14th century who deserts because no longer wanting to participate in the deadly missions on behalf of the Church. He therefore returns to his homeland along with a fellow soldier, only to discover that their country has been ravaged by the Black Death. The plague decimates the population and a church in trouble accuses witchcraft as the cause of the disease, and therefore orders the two crusaders to bring a girl, believed to be a witch, to a remote monastery, where she will be officially judged by monks that will perform a ritual, hoping to end the plague. A priest, a knight in mourning, a criminal serving as guide in exchange for pardon and a young boy who wants to become a knight, will join the mission of the two protagonists. They will go through a scary forest strangely hostile, and defend the girl's fate. But when the group arrives at the monastery, they will make a horrible discovery…
I will try to give you an idea of the movie in case you didn’t watch it yet. The first 3 / 4 of the movie are well set and entertaining. The setting is in my opinion immersive, it is quite credible and, for those who like the dark and magical atmosphere of the plague and the inquisition period, they will also like the representation being recreated in this movie. The objective of the mission, the journey filled with dangers and traps within medieval villages, castles, crumbling bridges and cursed forests, it’s always a winner. Unfortunately the last quarter of the movie is horrible. From the time when the mission arrives at the monastery, it’s better to just get up and leave so you will have a good lasting impression about the movie.
Many reviews have criticized the movie, but, after watching it, I have to say that it wasn't bad at all if not for the last part.
The movie director has worked hard to reach a general climate of "medieval nightmare," creating an atmosphere "dark fairy-tale horror" all things considered credible and that resists to the end, characterized by a style intended to give a dark, unwelcome, serious and threatening atmosfere.
We are far from the usual bloated blockbusters inflated out of all proportion by the usual amazing technological effects. Nothing techno-crazy, then, but the flavor of ancient fable.
Nevertheless, we are talking about a forgettable movie, and modest in scope.
The interpretation of Nicolas Cage is adjusted to the role, although poorly distinguished from the others.