Season Of The Witch Movie Review
Nicolas Cage has certainly made some interesting choices in movies he stars in. He won an Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas, was nominated for another for Adaptation, played a B-List superhero in Ghost Rider, pretended to be an action star in The Rock, Con Air, and Face-Off, and he even played a WWII sergeant in Windtalkers, and now he’s playing a knight from the crusades in Season of the Witch. Can he pull it off, or is this movie one of those destined to add to his list of failures? It’s hard to name another actor who has such a wide range of roles, and such a wide range of blockbusters and flops, so it’s hard to tell which Nicolas Cage will show up.
Season of the Witch opens with two crusading knights (Behmen played by Nicolas Cage and Felson played by Ron Perlman) deciding to desert the holy war after spending over ten years blindly following the church and seeing the evil they are capable of. This of course is a crime, and when they reach their homeland they are thrown in the dungeon and held for trial. The land is suffering from a devastating plague however, and because of that the local Cardinal (Christopher Lee) gives them a way out. If they transport an accused witch who they believe is responsible for their troubles to a remote abbey they will be pardoned for their transgressions. Behmen reluctantly agrees, and the pair of knights set out on their journey with the accused witch, a priest, a guide, a young wannabe knight, and a seasoned veteran. Their journey is fraught with danger, and yet the most dangerous aspect of their journey doesn’t happen until they reach the abbey and find out the truth about their prisoner.
Whoever decided it was a good idea to cast Nicolas Cage in a period piece should have their head examined. He stuck out like a sore thumb, and didn’t help with the suspension of disbelief needed in any movie like this at all. Ron Perlman usually plays these roles fairly well, but due to a poor script he stuck out almost as badly. At least he looked the part of a knight. This movie has a very b-movie feel to it, and if it had been made in the 50’s or 60’s it would most likely have been made by Hammer Films or William Castle. It wasn’t all bad though because if you could manage to get passed the ridiculous acting and script, it did keep you entertained for the entire 95 minutes. The special effects were decent enough, and they didn’t try to keep you in the dark as to whether or not witchcraft was real because it is very clear from the start that there is something off about the girl. Claire Foy does a great job of playing the accused witch and hopefully she can find a way to keep moving her career forward after being in this movie. Stephen Graham also does a great job playing Hagamar their guide, and provides some good comic relief when needed.
This movie is definitely one to avoid wasting your money on. If you must see it, wait until you can rent it and watch it at home. It provides decent enough entertainment, but it’s not worth the cost of admission at the theatre. If anything it’s the type of movie you have a few friends over to watch while you’re drinking. At least that should help dull the pain of watching Nicolas Cage try to pretend he’s a knight.
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