WITCH BECKETT: Ben Wheatley’s A FIELD IN ENGLAND
HERE’S ONE FOR the year-end lists.
Few things are more pointless than commentary on minimalist works. In approaching their skeleton we ourselves are stripped in our arrival, so tho we may have hoped to drape those bones with what little flesh is left, none holds. It slops to the ground. These bones don’t require our witness. They stand just fine on their own.
Similarly, there’s little I can say about A FIELD IN ENGLAND (dir. Ben Wheatley) that won’t in some way color the experience of watching it when it needs no color at all, even in its psychedelia. The film is excellent, and no doubt would lend itself well to studies of altered states and sidereal space.
And if by chance the film invites or inaugurates a genre?
Let’s say, WITCH BECKETT. I’d gladly welcome more like it.
Here’s the trailer for a taste.