Movie Review: Season of the Witch (3 of 5)
Starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, this movie exceeded my expectations.
Of course, my expectations were pretty low given Mr. Cage’s most recent work. But the presence of Ron Perlman was enough for me to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. While not great cinema, the movie held my interest and was decently entertaining. I give it 3 stars out of 5.
Cage and Perlman are Crusader knights and very good at their work. Until the church leader begins targeting them against women and children. Then Cage calls it quits and walks away with faithful Perlman at his side. They head back home only to find plague and pestilence on their journey. As deserters, they are offered pardons if they agree to escort a confessed witch to a distant monastery for trial and some mystical process that will end the plague. Ah, but the witch is a young girl that plays to Cage’s sympathies even while leaving little doubt that she is not an innocent victim.
Cage actually tones down his performance and Perlman is great as usual. The additional characters are solid. Special effects won’t win any awards, but were adequate.
A decent sword and witchcraft movie.