The Witch

The Witch ★★★

Ah, the perils of high expectations.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this for what it was, but I had seen people describe this as one of the most frightening films they had ever seen and like, how....? This isn't me trying to be a manly man or anything, but I wasn't scared once, which would be fine if it instead had relied on tension, but I didn't feel at all tense either. Sure, the atmosphere was there, but atmosphere alone can't make a film great.

That being said, Thomasin is a fantastic character and is played perfectly by Anya Taylor-Joy, in what is unbelievably her first credited film appearance. She combines vulnerability and menace excellently and left me guessing the whole way through whether she was in fact the eponymous Witch. The final scene is also pretty brilliant and Black Phillip is, quite literally, the GOAT.

Anyway, I'm off to write a personal apology letter to A24. Sorry for letting you down, guys :(

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