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Season of the Witch

Updated on December 25, 2012

More pro religion subliminal messaging into Hollywood cinema

"Season of the Witch" is definitely not a great film to watch, but it's not bad either. Is it just me? Or is Hollywood coming up with more and more films to endorse religious sentiments into fantasy based genres? Sure, it was fine with such films like "The Last Exorcism", where it was kind of interesting to see the whole twist on the exorcism theme with an atheist preacher; along with the home video style cinematography. Of course, it was also fine with such films like "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, as it was a classic story of good versus evil. Hell, I even found it tolerable in that mediocre garbage known only as the "Matrix trilogy", where tons of biblical references were made. However, "Season of the Witch" just comes off too overly preachy for my tastes.

The film is set in the fourteenth century, where Nicolas Cage (Behmen) plays a heroic knight that fights in the crusades. After a series of unfortunate events during the war, Behemen quits his allegiance to the church when he finds out his army was also attacking innocent women and children as well. Something Behemen and his comrade, Felson (Ron Perlman), wouldn't tolerate. With both of their beliefs somewhat shaken by their ordeal in the crusades, they travel aimlessly throughout the land seeking any means of survival. As luck would have it, they end up becoming hired by a neighboring kingdom to escort a girl to a monastery, who many of the locals suspect is a witch.

Behemen, recently becoming the skeptic that he is about religion, adamantly claims that if the girl turns out to be just another girl, then she would not be theirs to keep. His comrade, Felson, agrees with that sentiment as well.

Now, I won't go any further into the story, as the rest of the film is set up to be eerily predictable. You have two main protagonists that recently had their faiths in god shaken; only to be reintroduced into a perplexing situation that challenges their dis-beliefs. Then you tie in all these pro-religious subliminal messaging, into the movie, that interestingly ties into the long history of the crusades, witch hunts and the black plague, and you have "The Season of the Witch" in a nutshell. Although, I do like how this film interestingly ties itself into those particular parts of history quite well, and how it ingeniously weaves them into a colorful fantasy based adventure such as this. However, the film comes off too overly preachy at times; especially around the ending.

Constantly drilling into our skulls on how the devil tricks us into believing there is no such thing as a god and whatnot. Which works fine if they had saved that probably around the ending as some bizarre twist, but when they constantly bring it up for like the entire freaking film, it just comes off as overly preachy and boring. Seriously, we get it. Knock it off.

Of course, as bad as this film could have been, I will say that Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman still played their parts well. Sadly, it does seem like Nicolas Cage keeps making notoriously bad films these days just to get a paycheck. However, I guess we all have to get paid, right?

As for the CGI, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it as well. Sure, it's good enough to serves the film's purposes, but it was hardly worth awing over, as the CGI tends to be a bit inconsistent to where you can tell some parts of it are fake.

Overall, I'm not saying "Season of the Witch" is a bad movie, but it's definitely not a great one either. That's why I'm going to give it a two out of four. It's a decent movie for what it is; especially if your into fantasy based films. However, if your yearning for something that's more of a quality based original film, then I'd pass on this completely.


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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      @mighty mom

      to answer your question, no they don't play that song at all during the film, sadly. maybe during the credits, but not during the movie. although one would think so considering his song would probably fit the film perfectly. lol. sorry it took so long to get back to you on that. anyways, thanks again for stopping by, as it's always a pleasure seeing you. :)

      @theseus

      Yeah, it's kind of sad that he seems more content at gaining a paycheck rather than actually making films that strive towards his creative strengths. To be honest, I'm starting to wonder if Johnny Depp is starting to fall into the same trap, after seeing the type of films he's making these days. Oh well. Anyways, thanks for stopping by Theseus, as I appreciate you taking the time to comment and read my hub on this.

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      Great review!I so totally agree.

      A great actor making not so great a movie. It's been some time that I haven't seen him at his best.Poor dear.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Do they play the song by Donovan in the movie?

      I have to agree with you, Stevennix. Nicholas Cage is a very gifted actor who seems to be making poor choices recently.

      I like your review very much. Thanks for the warning.

      Unless I see this come on cable, I don't think I'll be seeking it out.

      MM

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Oh okay. That's cool. Well, I'm glad to hear you liked the movie, and thanks for stopping by and reading my article. :)

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      Cheyenne l Allen p 6 years ago

      Yall I like that movie

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      I think your right. It's kind of sad, as it seems Nicholas Cage is making movies like this for a pay check rather than doing movies that he's great at like "Adaptation." Ironically though, I think Johnny Depp may have fell into the same trap with his recent string of movies.

      The only difference is that Depp has enough charisma to make any crappy film into a good one; in spite of the script. Whereas Cage, he's only as great as the story he has to work with. Kind of sad if you ask me. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. :)

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I think he made this movie for only monetary reasons...I saw it on opening weekend....and you could hear the crickets in the theater

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Yeah, it's real shame isn't it? Oh well. Maybe his upcoming sequel to "Ghost Rider" may end up giving us both what we've been waiting for. ;) Anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)

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      mortimerjackson 6 years ago from California

      Ever since Wicker Man, I've been itching to see a Nicholas Cage movie that's so bad it's good. I was kind of hoping Season of the Witch would be it.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      No problem. I hope you like the movie when you see it. :)

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      Nicole A. Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I've been hammering away at the SO about how much I want to see Season of the Witch and The Rite... both of which came out recently. Here's the thing though, I know, (realize,) they both won't be *great* films, so I've repeated each time that I see the preview for either of them that I can't wait until they come out on Netflix. Funny thing about the SO and I... we rate just about *every* movie we see on Netflix two out of four stars. (It's funny because that's what you rated Season of the Witch.) Which is basically what I expect. A mediocre movie worth renting, not seeing in the theaters. Also interesting, I just got The Last Exorcist today from Red Box. (I rent all my "personal" movies, i.e. movies I don't want the SO to know I'm watching, off Red Box.) Thanks for publishing this, I appreciate that you didn't give away too much, while conveying so much :)