The monsters look original, that's a good point right? I'm having a hard time finding many good things to say about this one. Even as a fan of these kind of Japanese monster movies, this one was a slog. The plot was thin and endlessly restated. And the fact that Russ Tamblyn, yes of West Side Story fame, is n this is just that extra icing on the bizarre cake.
Perhaps trying to build a huge cinematic universe with massive implications isn't a good idea after just a couple of films. It takes time to grow and invest in characters and you either need an incredibly long run time, more movies to expand the ideas, or an amazing script that can just blow it out of the water in one hit. It seems like they went for the former, but it was edited to fit an approved time and lost a bunch of the progress it was going for.
Unlike most modern horror film, The Witch instead of jump scares and fake out dream sequences it decides to fill its run time with atmosphere and slow burning tension. It's something other horror films should really be taking notes on. Any movie that can make a rabbit and a goat un-ironically chilling is doing a masterful job at building fear. Well-acted, well made, and representing what I hope is a new trend in competent horror movies.
Everybody has those kind of movies where for one reason or another they are universally acclaimed, but personally you just don't understand the full appeal. This is one such movie for me. The scope of the production is impressive, but an over three hour run time is always a slog for me, unless I feel the movie truly earned it, this just doesn't earn it. It's one of those 'classics' that you shouldn't feel bad about not seeing.
By no means is this the first or only film to talk about divorce and the effect it has on a family and children outside of just the adult's relationships. However, this one feels much more grounded than most others. Most make the actual divorce a huge deal with a specific event or sudden plot point, but this movie shows a sobering fact about most of these type of situations, sometimes relationships just end. They fall apart for the most mundane reasons and we as humans must go on living afterwards.