‘Season of the Witch’ review: Nicolas Cage sleepwalks through Black Plague

Jan. 15, 2011 | 7:36 a.m.

Marc Olsen sat through “Season of the Witch,” here’s an excerpt from his review for the Los Angeles Times…

season of the witch Season of the Witch review: Nicolas Cage sleepwalks through Black Plague

Ron Perlman and Nicolas Cage star in "Season of the Witch" (Relativity Media)

Directed by the perennially hollow Dominic Sena from a script by Bragi Schut, “Season of the Witch” is all seams. It never balances out its competing desires to be a rollicking medieval adventure, a thoughtful meditation on faith and even a buddy road movie.

What’s most disappointing, though, is how Nicolas Cage seems to be sleepwalking through so much of it. He and Ron Perlman are such odd, idiosyncratic actors that they give any scene of the two of them just talking a freewheeling, offhanded energy, like outtakes from an unseen Hope and Crosby picture. But there are only occasional glimmers of Cage’s singularly eccentric line-readings or moments when he turns conventional reaction shots on their head. Mostly they crop up just enough to serve as a reminder of their absence…

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— Marc Olsen

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8 Responses to ‘Season of the Witch’ review: Nicolas Cage sleepwalks through Black Plague

  1. Guest says:

    I am not sure I would take the word of a reviewer who makes a living writing, yet mistakes SEAMS for SEEMS.

  2. Keith says:

    Seems would make no sense in this context. There is no typo.

  3. wes says:

    Really, Nicolas Cage's true masterpieces are the zany TV commercials he did in Japan LOL! http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/nicholas-cage

  4. Justin Robb says:

    those of you whining about a “typo” need to have your heads examined… griping about supposed errors when if “seems” were to be used, it would be grammatically incorrect… hypocrites.

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