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Season of the Witch
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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