Intern Christine Reviews ‘The Witch’
Feb 29, 2016 by Marketing on The Nickelodeon Blog
As a known scaredy-cat, I am proud to say I watched The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers, at the Nickelodeon. Before I walked into the theater and sat in my comfortable red seat, I joked with the Nick staff about walking out. Not the cool dance either, like speed walking to get out of there. That may seem outlandish but have you seen the trailer? I bet you can not sit through the whole thing without getting creeped out.
I am so glad I saw it because it ended up being one of the coolest movie experiences of 2016. It was one of the first scary movies I’ve seen that got my brain juices working. It made me think. This happened throughout the movie because the script is unpredictable. I didn’t just sit there waiting until something jumped out at me. The Witch captivates the audience with a compelling story. Imagine you are exiled with your family to the forest in middle of nowhere. I’m talking no cell phone and definitely no Google! Absolute isolation. What would happen? Scary thought!
The Witch brings this idea to life with realistic mise en scene and a complexing story. The cinematography forces you to try and figure out what is going on. Essentially, the camera work makes you feel like you are there witnessing these crazy events unfold. Audiences are visually transported back into time because everything from the costume design to set design looks palpable. In addition to the cinematography, the script and acting repudiate the 1630’s and it’s easy to follow but, like I said, the creepy twists and turns are unforeseeable! In the grand scheme, Eggers recreated a historic time period where our worst fears become a reality. He does so because we live in a day and age where people are accustomed to instant gratification. A lot of times we don’t realize this until something happens. For example, when you lose your phone and a mini heart attack follows. The Witch multiples that feeling times a hundred! This family is in the middle of nowhere and witchcraft is in the mix. It can’t get much worse than that!
I left feeling creeped out and shocked but the film did something greater for me. It made question a lot of things I take for granted. It raises a lot of questions about that time period. You have to see it to believe it.