Friday, 27 July 2012
Season of the Witch (2011)
How can anyone not love Nic Cage? Add Ron Perlman to the mix and who knows what you're getting, but it's interesting anyway. These are 2 legends who tend to venture between the awesome and the awful, and as I'm a fan of both awesome and awful movies, everything they do interests me. In fact, I'd even call Nic Cage one of my favorite actors. Season of the Witch is neither awesome or awful, but it's pretty damn entertaining.
It stars Cage and Perlman as shamed knights who have been returned from the Crusades after abandoning their comrades to find the lands devastated by the Black Plague. The Church believe this to be the work of a witch and they charge the knights with a mission to escort her across mystical wilderness to receive trial. On their journey, they are faced with more problems than privileges to say the least. You get the idea.
Season of the Witch is an action/adventure fantasy with some horror elements thrown into the mix. We've seen it before so we know what to expect. It offers nothing particularly new but it is entertaining. It is, however, without flaws; the premise on paper is excellent but the execution of it is above average. Furthermore, the performances lack strong emotion but are adequate nonetheless. Also, some of the CGI isn't exactly perfect. However, considering this was a January movie (in other words crap that the studio wanted rid of), it's a very enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes. Watching this, I was drawn into the story and I wanted to see how it ended. The adventure was fun and I enjoyed being a part of it. One thing that was good about the film was the battle scenes. They would have been so much better with a little blood and severed limbs, but it was PG-13. Some of the dialogue was good and cheesy and there was a good sense of fun from the actors, who looked like they were having a good time. Cage and Perlman had some nice chemistry together and it would be nice to see them work together in future.
Crtiics and the internet panned this one, but don't listen to them, listen to me - the small minority. This is entertaining fun and nothing more. It could have been so much better but it could have been a far lot worse. I'm proud to have it in my collection for the £3 I spent on it. If you see it going for cheap then pick it up.