A 666-Character Review Of ‘The Witch’
The Witch, the first full-length feature from Robert Eggers, explores an important moral in fairy tales: kids, don’t go into the woods on your own. This film harnesses the beauty and malice of the untamed wilderness perfectly. This film is a fairy tale, except for one important thing: Usually, characterizations in fairy tales aren’t important; characters represent an idea, and consequently we don’t really get to know them very well. In Eggers’ film, these people, for the most part, are complex and heartbreaking, and react to horrific acts in a very human way. Thomasin, The Witch’s heroine, is a memorable character, one audiences will remember long after they see the film, especially when they find themselves looking at the edge of a forest at dusk, its trees waving mockingly in the wind.