Film #262: THE VVITCH
2.75 out of 5 stars
Director Robert Eggers brings us this “Colonial Satanic Panic” flick. Well-made and solidly acted, the film starts slow and never really picks up speed from there. More of a ‘mood piece’ than linear narrative, its tale of witchcraft and Satanism and how it affects one family is engaging (mostly, it’s you trying to figure out WTF is going on), but strip the moodiness and mystery away, its narrative just doesn’t ever really go anywhere. So, by the time you get to the wholly predictable ending, the audience just doesn't care. Nothing *resonates*. All in all, some spooky stuff happens, blame gets freely spread around, and then, characters act like nothing much has happened. But my biggest confusion lies in the popularity of the Black Phillip character. I simply don’t get it. In the end, THE VVITCH is a spooky little time-waster that looks nice, but ultimately leaves the viewer more confused than frightened. As this is Eggers’ films feature, I look forward to his next films – supposedly, it’s a remake of the classic silent film, NOSFERATU. Worth seeing, but… don’t believe the hype.