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Posted on 11/07/11 05:55 AM
There have been some very poor movies this year; movies that just fail at almost everything they try to achieve - yet, sadly, "Season of the Witch" doesn't even try. Probably one of the most undesirable, most unattractive pieces of dull - and I can't emphasize DULL more - movie-making ever to meet my eyes. The movie takes several different underlining themes as religion, justice and adventure, but puts not the slightest bit of emotional symbolism into any scene. Instead, after taking up an emotional attitude, a joke - a lame one-liner spoken in a gaily matter - is thrown at the audience as if to develop a sense of apology for the badness of the feature.
The plot is weak, and boils relentlessly in the Hollywood schmaltz many people make fun of. "Season of the Witch" takes place in the medieval days and stars Behmen (Nicolas Cage), a warrior fighting for the catholic church and to keep the world from the devious minds of the interlopers that are scattered across the lands. After finding out that the people of which he works for are killing off women and children because of their sins, he and his fellow warrior felson (Ron Perlman) leave the catholic church and travel independently. After awhile, they come upon a town that is dawned with a horrid plague. The King of the town looks on a young, innocent looking women who has confessed to the witchcraft of the plague. Behmen and Felson accept the journey to take her to a place to get cleansed.
All right, well, if that sounded the least bit attractive to those who are big fantasy/adventure fan-boys, then just picture it with some pointless filler; bad acting; poor dialogue; and conventional character development - oh, and some of the most lamely executed sequences of production and a placid pot of dullness. Though I give my verbally malicious and bias opinion, I must thrown in a rather proper bit of praise. When walking in, expectations were to the lowest of low, and to the highest of high - in the form of expecting pure joyous badness - "Season of the Witch" turned out not to be as bad as I expected. Only very few scenes ended up being laugh out loud bad, and this is both a plus and a minus.
Nicolas Cage, who could have been one of the few relieving aspects of the movie, exploded in my face with bad bits of delivered dialogue that, after 40 minutes, showed no sign of relenting. Ron Perlman did an equally bad job, and I usually like the distinctness of his face and of his acting in both the Hellboy movies and in the television series Sons of Anarchy. I do not recommend "Season of the Witch", because its badness seems too tensional and does not end up in so bad it's good territory, as with something of "My Soul to Take"'s caliber.