Thursday, January 8, 2015
Witching and Bitching (2013) Horror Witches
Witching and Bitching (2013) - The witches have a prophecy and see there chance coming, the surprising establishment of those details are the first refreshing thing about this film. A heist by the most unlikely cast of characters. Silver Jesus, Jose (Hugo Silva) and his son Sergio (Gabriel Angel Delgado), a man, Antonio (Mario Casas) dressed as a green toy soldier, Spongebob Squarepants (look alike since Nickelodeon would never go for that), Minny Mouse (look alike, since Disney would never go for that) and an invisible man look alike since Universal would never... well they might go for it. The chaos that follows is both very violent and so hilarious. Right away the mix of humor and violence strikes the viewer as something unusual. Then during the get away when the Jesus character argues with his ex-wife Silvia (Macarena Gómez) about their ten year old son Sergio it makes for a promising start. Cut with scenes of his wife and her reactions of the situation there is nicely rounded character development. Quite a few screenwriting books talk about the importance of the first ten minutes of a film. The writer wants to drawn the reader (of the script) in and get them asking question. This particular beginning certainly does that. Interesting setup, right into the action and then to the getaway, its well done by writers Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Álex de la Iglesia.
The three witches Grandmother Maritxu (Terele Pávez), her daughter Graciana (Carmen Maura) and granddaughter Eva (Carolina Bang) are found out for what they are at the 50 minute mark of the story, it seems like a turn where the men must at least deal with the family. At the same time Silvia is on her way to find her son. This film is great fun from the competition between Jose and Tony for the amazingly sexy attentions of Eva, to the bat shit crazy way the witches behave when they want to be less human and more crazy. The effects are awesome, with walking on walls and ceilings, and the whole attitude of the film is light hearted and playful. It is not called Witching and Bitching for no reason, equal parts story about witches and characters bitching about their lives and relationships the film is comedy and tragedy at the same time. Every character is not just a player in the escape plot but has some interpersonal device that they are dealing with while participating in the larger story.
The climax when hundreds of witches come together for the ritual that will bring their Messiah to earth with "God created Woman in her own image" full of pomp and circumstance signally the end of the male Christian patriarchy and the beginning of the age of women. Played for laughs we cut between the remaining free character and the ritual. The greatness of this film is its ability to grow. It gets larger and larger with each scene. The stakes end up being the end of the world as we know it and all the time it is till a story about the characters and their interpersonal stories with each other. So wonderfully executed it is a film everyone should go and see. Subtitles are difficult for some being a Spanish production but it is really worth it. So this film will get a very strong recommendation, get out there and find this one.