In all honesty, it was a T.V. show type of week. I opted to catch up on The Walking Dead and Bates Motel. I’ve had The Walking Dead spoiled way too many times due to me lagging behind and I couldn’t take it anymore. I would say sorry, but I’m not because I’m loving every second of those shows. Between my shows and studying, I have a shorter queue this week, but here’s what I did manage to watch.
The Witch (2016)
Directed by Robert Eggers
Technically, I’m cheating, as I watched this last week, but since I skipped that queue in favour of the Valentine’s Day article, I figured I would talk about it anyways.
I absolutely love horror movies, though I hardly watch them because the fear I have afterwards greatly outweighs my love. While there are few horror movies I would consider good, The Witch was definitely a great one. What I loved is this film is not simply about a witch, but more so how a family deals with a horrible situation influenced by a witch. How suspicion, paranoia, and confusion causes this family to tear themselves apart. Eggers constructs a visually beautiful yet melancholy film that capitalizes on suspense with an amazing score. This film is unconventionally terrifying, making it a must see.
Crimson Peak (2015)
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
This film isn’t quite the ghost story it was portrayed to be in trailers. I could see why some may be disappointed with this film, while others fall in love. I am somewhere in-between. By far, the most exceptional parts of this film were the directing, cinematography, and costume design. It was a stunning historical film with vibrant colours, great atmosphere, and interesting camera movements. That alone was enough to make me like this movie. Sadly, that’s all it had going for it. I was more entranced with the visuals than the story or characters. Edith Cush (Mia Wasikowska) and Lady Lucille Sharp (Jessica Chastain) were an intriguing contrast to each other, as I liked the dynamic of their relationship more than I did the relationship between Edith and Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). As the story picks up towards the end, and reveals some twists and mishaps, I found it to be slightly too expository. Due to the ominous location and feel of the film, it could have benefited from a little more mystery in the conclusion. Overall, I don’t think it was a bad movie, there certainly were great aspects, but I don’t see myself returning to it anytime soon.