Nicolas Cage plays a 14th century knight and crusade deserter, who leads the excort of an alleged witch(Claire Foy) to a distant monestary for trial. She is believed to have caused the plague that has been raging through the land for nearly two years. Cage looks good with long hair and scruffy beard, but his character is much more serious than the sorcerer he played in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
By now computer-generated leagues of soldiers and castles no longer impress me. The gross plague makeup is well done. The scenes depict the repulsive nature of the times – no baths, filthy clothing, paranoia, stupidity, no antibiotics, church politics/policies/practices, killing of innocents. Was the forest of trees even real?
Ron Perlman plays Cage’s comrade throughout the Crusades and the escort detail. He does a bang-up job, although by his being cast in this movie it is a clear giveaway that a beasty or demon will be making an appearance.
Christopher Lee(yes, he is still alive) makes an appearance as the dying, plague-victimized cardinal, who demands the crusade deserters’ service to transport the young witch. (I really hope they used makeup on the old guy.) Should they refuse they will be promptly executed.
“Season of the Witch” – full of darkness and death. I gave it 3-1/2 stars. While it entertained, it also vexed me. I did not leave the theater glad to have seen it.