Review: The Witch

A haunting and sophisticated film, The Witch isn’t the horror it may be marketed as and often doesn’t deliver the dread and terror it sets up, instead substituting out clichéd tricks for a tense, atmospheric story filled with visual and intellectual splendour that makes the audience truly think while confronting religion’s effect on family and perspectives of nature, however, if you can stick with the film through its slower patches, relishing in the wonderous acting, direction and authenticity to the time period, the result may not be as scary or coherent as one would expect, but it is still a twisted, disturbing and poignant family drama. 4/5