February 1, 2011
In "Season of the Witch", Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play a couple of 14th century Crusaders who were asked to lead a band of men to escort a girl accused of being a witch to an abbey where monks can exorcise her demons. However, is she really a witch or was she just being randomly blamed for causing the pestilence in their country?
I do not know how Nicolas Cage chooses his projects, but he sure gets the cheesy ones like "Wicker Man," "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and, in the same general vein, this one. Different times in history, but the same lame storytelling. The acting of everyone involved was so over the top, and yet, they were taking it all so seriously.
The supposedly exciting scenes, like crossing the rickety old bridge, the attack of the wolves and even the Grand Guignol-style face-off with the demons at the end, were plagued with unsatisfactory special effects. You know they were meant to be special because they sure took a lot of screen time. However, I found them unexciting and predictable.
OK, this may be entertaining for a lazy afternoon, where you can simply turn off your brain and watch it to while away the time. But watching it in January where all the Oscar bait films are being screened, it surely exposes how bad and shallow this film really is.