The father of a New England family in the early 1600s has some disagreements with the village’s leaders about what God really wants or something, so he, his wife, and their five children move farther out into the country. Once there, life is tough of course as they are threatened by bad crops, lack of money, etc. Things quickly take a turn for the worse as the baby of the family suddenly vanishes. They assume that a wolf is the culprit, but the audience soon learns there is something more sinister lurking in the forest.
The Witch received a lot of critical praise, and deservedly so. The atmosphere is intense, the characters are believable, and even though none of the characters are written definitively good or bad, there are still certain ones that you sympathize with at different times. The witch stuff is sufficiently creepy, though rather sparse.
Despite all this though, I wouldn’t recommend this movie. Maybe if you’re into the slow burn films this will work for you, but I was ultimately bored, unafraid, and annoyed at the story’s inconsistencies. The filmmakers definitely try to use the “less is more” style of filmmaking, but I’m afraid I just found the less to be tedious. The non-climactic conclusion was also a bit frustrating.