The 'Not-So-Critical' Critic:
on THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (2015, 106 minutes, PG-13)
The Quick of It -
Vin Diesel is a gamer, and he has proved it here. THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is at its core an adventure of epic proportions. Because of that, we all know critics will hate on this film to the end of their days, and he still went through with the project. It is true, this is a flavor film, so a limited audience will appreciate the time and detail that was put into this story. The imagery and pageantry of the 'witch world' made this a great watch for me. Director Breck Eisner (of THE CRAZIES and SAHARA) should be credited with making a heavily CGIed film that doesn't stumble with its human interaction. The only problems I found (other than being marketable to a small audience) were spots of bad dialogue and being a commonly used plot thread. The film was reminiscent of CONSTANTINE with Keanu Reeves. So, if you liked that one, this will be a must see and screw the critics... oh, wait...