Cinema Sound Off: Season of the Witch

My good friend, KM Wilsher, and I are heading out to Harkins Theatres each month to watch a choice movie.

We’ll let you know if it’s worth you spending your hard-earned money or not.

CLICK HERE for our rating system

Now…onto the movie.

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IMDB blurb:

A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight’s pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

My review

This movie surprised me. Not in the holy-cow-this-was-fantastic way…but still surprised me. It started out pretty slow and I was like, Oh, I totally know where this is going. But then, half way through I started doubting my original ideas. Little tidbits contradicting my theories sprinkled through the cliche plot….

Surprising.

Oh, but there was NO saving the characters. Either you have an accent or you don’t…it’s not the: sometimes I talk like a European and sometimes I don’t.

Doesn’t work that way.

Why didn’t they get some actors who have natural accents? I just don’t understand that. Anyway. . . the movie redeemed itself near the last 1/4 and the ending tugged at my heart a little bit.

By far,  Ron Perlman, surprised me the most. I mean Hellboy? Come on. But he had one particular comment/action in the movie that really won me over. I can’t tell you that moment or I might give away too much.

So….my rating is:

2 tickets — See it, but by yourself on dvd

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Have you seen it? What’d you think?

Trailer: 

Head on over to KM’s blog to see what she thought of it.

22 thoughts on “Cinema Sound Off: Season of the Witch

  1. My friend, Natasha Mostert, wrote a really amazing book called Season of the Witch and the movie is in development. Sadly because of this movie, hers will probably change the title… Oh well!

    BTW it’s a great paranormal suspense novel… Worth reading!

    Lisa 🙂

    • Probably a good choice.

      Yeah, the things I suffer to help …. I love movies…even when I get a dud once in a while. I live a tough life watching movies for review. 🙂 Glad to help you out on this one, though. 🙂

  2. Didn’t see it, didn’t really have interest in it – but I like Ron Perlman. I own Hellboy. There’s some interesting analogies buried in there. Anyway, Cinema Sound Off is always fun! Have a great day!

  3. I’ve seen the previews for it and had to wonder why they’d cast Nicholas Cage as a crusader. I’m a history fanatic and if I see anachronisms or hear horrible accents, I’m turned off completely. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this movie though. It doesn’t look interesting to me at all. Which makes me sad cause I do love Nicholas Cage.

    • I know. They totally chose wrong. The only thing good about Nicholas in this role was that he was a knight. Stoic, detached from emotion….and since he can’t act very dramatically it suited him in that aspect. But nothing else. Especially the accent. Oh my word. . . . LOL

    • LOL. I’m not sure I would have watched it on my own if it hadn’t been for Cinema Sound Off…..The witch part intrigued me. But yeah, if you’re bored and all the other movies are “rented” grab it…you might be surprised. LOL

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