The Crucible (1996, Nicholas Hytner)
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover’s wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.
The crucible is based on the play by Arthur Miller. I recently read the play, and I think the movie is a pretty good interpretation. I am sure Miller would be proud, well actually I do not know anything about him. Maybe he would have hated it. Anyways, I like it, whether Miller likes it or not.
The play tells the story of the Salem witch trials, which were totally bogus. A bunch of young girls who play at low-key witch craft. Of course, in the 90’s it was cool, but in the 17th century, not so cool. These people were crazy about calling each other witches, and loved to blame any bad happening on a supernatural source. The main argument in this movie is whether they are to blame for what is happening or if the devil is to blame. Basically, the town goes mad and chooses the devil to blame. It seemed better to confess as a witch than to be called a witch. Kind of stupid, really.
This movie is super slap happy! Everyone is slapping each other like crazy. Especially Winona Ryder, who plays Abigail Williams. She is either slapping or getting slapped. I will be honest she deserves a good slapping. Young trollop. Her accent in this movie is the same as ‘Little Women’ and ‘Dracula’, but in this movie it keeps going from quasi-English into backwoods pilgrim hick.
The part I dislike about this movie is Daniel Day Lewis, who plays John Proctor. I gotta say, I am not a fan. Winona surely is a fan. Their relationship is a main reason shit got so out of hand in this movie. She is crazy about the D. D meaning Daniel, of course. D and Winny got their cheating on and D’s wife caught them and threw her the f’ out.
The people of 17th century Salem are pretty awful. Reverend Parris is a dick. John Hale shows up to see if these bitches are really witches, and he seems super creepy. It is really weird the nonsense that these god-fearing weirdos believed. Hale checks the bodies of the girls, looking for marks of the devil. The girls are coerced and scared by Hale into confessing to things that never happen, or throwing each other under the bus. Plus, his hat is really dumb looking.
The girls start confessing and then naming other townspeople as witches. Hale takes this as a victory, meanwhile everyone is lying and losing their fucking minds. They had to bring in Judge Thomas Danforth, played by Paul Scofield. He is supposed to be able to make sense of the madness. He does a really good job, (total fucking sarcasm). Also, he looks like Scrooge McDuck.
Basically, all of the people who are definitely not witches and just mind their own business are hanged. The dumb bitches who actually did witchcraft did not get hanged. Sounds like justice.
The Crucible receives 4.5 crazy so-called witch bitches out of a possible 5.