The VVitch

>> Saturday, October 29, 2016

I almost didn't watch this before returning it to the library. It was due back today, and I think that part of the reason I felt extra motivated to watch it was that I spoke briefly to one of the librarians when checking it out. She recommended watching it with the subtitles on because she had trouble understanding what was being said due to the accents when she watched it. So, I did watch it with the subtitles, which helped quite a bit. I don't know that it was solely the accents that would have made it difficult to understand; it was also the 17th century grammar. When I was thinking about it, normally when I hear someone talking with centuries-old, English grammar, it's usually in Shakespeare or some period drama. But I believe they normally do those with modern-day British accents. I think. I mean, I know I'm not entirely sure, but it generally seems that way.

Before I started watching this, I was worried that if I watched this at night I would have trouble going to sleep since I remember hearing it was a scary movie. I didn't have that problem, which makes me wish I had watched it earlier since it's such a short movie. It wasn't as horrific or scary as I expected it, but that's probably due to overhype. If I didn't know anything about this before I watched it, then I might have been creeped out a little more.

What I enjoyed the most were the family dynamics and watching this family be ripped apart. That and the super accurate portrayal of religious, zealot life in Puritan New England. This would actually have been a great movie for my U.S. History class back when I was in high school. (It only came out 20+ years too late for that.) Puritans...how I don't miss their super righteousness. I felt bad for the dad towards the end--or perhaps it was near the middle since I'm not quite sure on the timing--when he admitted he had made mistakes and wanted to go back to the plantation. Yeah dude, life is always better in groups when there are other people around to help you.

Aargh, babysitting these damn kids...
As for Thomasin...I felt sorry for her at times. She's obviously a girl that has no where to grow up beyond her chores since she's stuck with her family in the middle of nowhere. Plus, those twins were kind of annoying, little shits. And that poor baby. He was actually so cute, and I don't particularly like babies. I was really quite freaked out when they showed the witch at night about to carve him up. That part particularly unnerved me. But when there was a witch with a red hood and cape in the forest...uh, that part I kind of couldn't take seriously in the moment. Everyone is wearing muted, all-natural-colored clothing, and then there is this bright red hood and cape. It certainly made sense in the end, but in the moment I was, like, really? How did something like that get there? Seems completely out of place. Back to Thomasin, it seemed like she was completely pushed to become a witch in the end. I don't think she started out as one. I almost felt like maybe her character made some weird wish thinking to herself one day and caused it all to happen.  Not that it was her fault, but, you know, when that barn at the end was half torn to pieces, and she was the only human remaining...it certainly looks suspicious. Obtaining her was the goal from the beginning.

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