Movie Review: The Love Witch
By Andrea Thompson
“The Love Witch” is a deceptively simple movie that taps into a whole lot of complex ideas. Of course, the fact that it’s an homage to the Technicolor sexploitation films of the 1960s means it touches on the issues it introduces in a way that’s refreshingly enjoyable rather than shrill. The magic begins when the impossibly beautiful Elaine (newcomer Samantha Robinson, in a truly spellbinding performance) moves to a small California town to start over after the death of her husband. And part of her new life includes embracing witchcraft and finding a man. And by finding a man, I mean needing one, so much that Elaine’s friend Trish remarks, “You sound like you’ve been brainwashed by the patriarchy!” Sister, you don’t know the half of it.