Paul Malikkal

Review

The Witch (2016)

Paul Malikkal

A biting, tense tale of supernatural terror, a period psychodrama that chronicles the disintegration of an excommunicated family, and a depraved coming-of-age story, all rolled into one elegant, well-realized film.The Witch is like watching a set of dominoes being lined up and beginning to fall almost immediately. We get brief glimpses of the finger that pushed the first one, and we can easily blame it for setting off the chain reaction. But, on a deeper level we know that the dominoes themselves are equally responsible for knocking each other down. This is the type of film that warrants a rewatch. Upon first viewing, the ending seemed incongruous with the rest of the film. But with the eye of a second-time-viewer one can see the larger picture more clearly.

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