We Have Always Lived in the Castle

A Wiccan who lives in isolation receives a visit from a cousin who hopes to steal her family’s fortune.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Stalker: 
Thief
Relative: 
Related
Catastrophes: 
Fire
6
A love and hate thing
4
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
1
0
Performances
Plot
Dialogue
This is not straight horror, but it’s based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, known for her supernatural stories. Taissa Farmiga plays a witch, Merricat, or at least that’s what she thinks she is. Her dysfunctional family has sustained itself through the years with an inheritance, but somehow Farmiga’s character still has to walk great distances to do groceries.
Crispin Glover’s character suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. He, Alexandra Daddario, and Taissa Farmiga give good but strange performances. They are basically 1960s weirdos with redundant routines. The dialogue is amusing. Everyone, here, is either unhinged or an asshole. Merricat, for example, knows a lot about magic spells and poisons, but that never helps her achieve anything.
These characters have little to no arc. This is a good drama that dips its toes in various other genres, but, when all is said and done, it is kind of pointless. It is unpredictable because there is nothing to predict. That said, it is time well spent. It’s all style and no substance, and sometimes that’s fine. We’re talking 80% exposition, then an extreme ending out of left field.
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