12 November 2011

Movies: Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479997/

Action Fantasy

A couple of 14th century crusaders tire of the slaughter of innocents by their own hands in the christian god's name and walk away from the crusade. They're considered deserters, but when they return to plague-ridden Europe, Cardinal D'Ambroise, himself bedridden by the plague, charges them with transporting a witch to be tried at a monastery for causing the plague.

Stars Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman as the ex-crusaders.

Serious "B Movie" feel to this production, despite the obvious budget at their disposal. Cage and Perlman work well together, but neither even attempts at affecting some sort of accent to fit in with the supporting cast. A lot of the dialog contains modern in humor, phrase and delivery, there's little attempt at keeping much of anything 14th-century-ish (or how us 21st century moviegoers imagine 14th century dialog sounds).
So yeah, B-movie dialog, B-movie action scenes, B-movie progression to a B-movie conclusion with big budget special effects, decent location selection and props, a couple of well-known actors with predictably appropriate character deaths along the way.

I was surprised to see Cage and Perlman in the film, all they had to do was phone it in. So either they were just collecting fat paychecks or they are friends with someone behind the film.  The film just doesn't scream "we need big names in this film to make it a blockbuster!" It almost amounts to "we were lucky to get big names in this film or nobody would've noticed an we'd have ended up on the SyFy channel."

The film isn't terrible, it isn't great. It's more of a Saturday matinee type film. Random entertainment.  You won't miss out on anything if you don't see the film, and if you do see it, your time won't be any more wasted than if you spent your viewing time on random reruns. Probably as historically accurate and informative as History Channel's Ancient Aliens series, though a tad more entertaining.

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