Movie Review III

by zenquaker

Season of the Witch

Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman star as medieval knights named Behmen and Felson, two of the best on the European side of the Crusades. When they find that the Holy War is perhaps a bit less holy than they expected, they desert and become wanted fugitives. Captured, they must redeem themselves by transporting the witch accused with causing the Black Plague to the only monastery containing the Book of Solomon, which can destroy her power.

The prologue is nicely done [+], except for a bit of melodrama from one of the accused witches. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the rest of the film [-], beyond perhaps one sentence in the climactic battle at the end of the film. The bits about the Crusades at the beginning are okay, with mediocre fight scenes that give you a prelude to the quality of the rest of the movie. There’s some bad CGI in the battle scenes, but it’s a small part of the movie. The characters feel like you could get some depth out of them, but nobody seems to care enough to dig for it [-]. The bridge scene is the best bridge scene I can remember [+]. It is the scene that ironically redeems a mediocre film about redemption. So many action flicks are content to just throw together some fight scenes and some chase scenes and call it a day, but there are all sorts of scenes that can be added to an action movie. It’s nice to see a classic like “getting across the dangerous bridge” used and done so well. The story is also decent. They do a nice job of making it not clear that the woman is a witch, and then slowly making it clear that yes, she is a witch. There isn’t really much of a plot twist, but the revelations that come at the end of the movie filled out the plot nicely [+].

At the end of the movie I had a contented cat in my lap, so I watched the whole closing credits. It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it took six or seven of them to make this movie.

Final Rating: 5/10

Best Quote: Felson: “You ever get the feeling God has too many enemies?”; Behmen: “Being His friend is not so easy either.”