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There's Always a Witch in the Woods: Robert Egger's "The Witch"

There's always a witch in the woods.”

Sparky T. Rabbit

 

Caution: Spoiler Alert

 

Robert Eggers' newly-released film The Witch is a visually stunning, psychologically claustrophobic study of a family's collective descent into self-destructive madness, a parable of the dangers of spiritual arrogance.

 

It's also (Temple of Satan imprimatur notwithstanding) rather a bore.

An hour-and-a-half bore which, might I add, is utterly redeemed (I use the word judiciously) by 5 minutes of soul-searing, scintillating brilliance as young Tamsin encounters the Dark Lord, lips to nape, in (where else?) the goat shed.

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First thoughts on THOR: THE DARK WORLD

At this point, you ought to know whether or not you like Marvel's particular approach to superhero movies. I do. If you also liked the rest of the Marvel Universe films, you'll like THOR: THE DARK WORLD - and likely rate it among the best of the films in the series.

Director Alan Taylor's THE DARK WORLD is an decided improvement on Kenneth Branagh's THOR, which was hampered by having to do too many things within its running time: the backstory of war with the frost giants, revelations about Loki's true nature, the romance with Jane Foster (and wacky Midgard hi-jinx that ensued), some business with the Destroyer, etc. All of that got in the way of presenting a convincing character arc for Thor himself, who had, all told, maybe ten minutes of time actually devoted to his transformation from glory-hungry barbarian to self-sacrificing guardian of mortals. If you're a fan of the comics, you know this is how it has to go, but cinematically, it was not particularly well-done. That's forgivable, since the noble, stoic Thor we ended up with is really the character we wanted all along, but still, it made the movie less enjoyable

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  • Archer
    Archer says #
    I am warming to the Vikings in Space design and now, like you, find Asgard convincing and original and sort of Maxfield Parish/N,C
  • Eric O. Scott
    Eric O. Scott says #
    The last of Loki's "disguises" during his dialogue with Thor.

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