Recently seen movie: The Last Witch Hunter
Vin Diesel is an extremely magnetic and likable presence in any movie but he has yet to dazzle me with his acting skills. That is fine, as long as keeps making movies where he is some bad-ass with a soft fluffy heart inside that hard shell of a body. Judging from the trailer of ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ alone, I had no other expectations from this action-horror-fantasy mash-up other than to be treated with Mr. Diesel’s adorable gruffness.
And yes, my expectations were largely met by this movie. It’s got great art direction and visual effects, a pedigreed supporting cast lead by Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, and ‘Game of Thrones’ alumnus Rose Leslie, and enough weirdness and humor to make me suspend my disbelief. It’s very entertaining. The action set pieces were staged awesomely and seemed integrated well into the plot, unlike other genre films wherein the plot is set around the action set pieces. Kudos to the confident direction of Breck Eisner, who also gave us the creepy remake of George Romero’s ‘The Crazies’.
The surprise here is Vin Diesel himself, because he was required to do more than kick other people’s asses in this movie. His character, Kaulder, was given a great backstory: he was cursed with immortality by the witch-queen and because the movie is set in contemporary times, he walks around in a world-weary way while totally pining for his wife and daughter. Vin Diesel got the been-there-done-that bluster. He was quite effective when he was flirting with Rose Leslie. However, he still fell short in moments of drama. But I don’t hold that against Vin Diesel. I’d still give him plus points for trying.
Over-all my only complain about this movie was that the finale felt rushed. I would’ve loved to see more of the with-queen and how they fought. Otherwise, I found this movie surprisingly entertaining; a fresh and original adventure that stands out in the current cinematic environment of rehashed, remade, and rebooted stories.
Posted on October 29, 2015, in journal, review and tagged 2015, Breck Eisner, Elijah Wood, Game of Thrones, Michael Caine, movie, Rose Leslie, The Crazies, The Last Witch Hunter, Vin Diesel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.