What's it about?Set back in the 1600's, a family is banished from their colonial town to build their own farm and find their own way. However, things don't go well on their own. Within the first year they are set upon by an evil force, set on bringing them to ruin.
That said, this movie got under my skin in a really good way, so much to the point that I actually turned it off halfway through and took a break before I could finish it. There's a severe amount of religious self loathing and self hatred in this movie that I wasn't prepared for. That plus the dated style of speaking really pulls you in to this family and what they are dealing with. You feel for all of them, and when the shit starts to hit the fan, it's painful to watch, but it's also like a train wreck, because you want to see where it all ends up.
The other thing that got under my skin was the treatment of Thomasin. A lot of how she was treated scared me, because the family was so quick to jump to hatred and fear and she's put in a really impossible place. She has to deal with all of it and somehow survive.
My biggest gripe with the film is that in some cases they showed a little too much. While I understand why they included the imagery they did, I wish there were two scenes where they didn't, because it kind of ruined the effect. But that's mostly minor and can be overlooked.
Over all, after making it to the end, I really liked it. I admire where this film went and how the story played out. Though hard to watch, it's a very well done folktale.