The Witcher is not a family-friendly series and thus this review is tailored toward adults interested in giving the series a watch.
I first heard about the Witcher from video games though I’ve yet to play any of them. The series was recommended to me by a close friend. She loved all the video games so I waited for her to finish watching it before giving it a go. I figured if a true Witcher enthusiast loved it, it was well worth the time.
+ The Witcher is an adaptation based on the books (also a popular video game) and they managed not to botch it.
+ There’s crude sex and gore galore. The series is set during medieval times. Swearing, butchering and injustices were rampant during this period of time. Excessive drinking and sex were
are a reality.
+ The Witcher: What more is there to say? They nailed in it in choosing Henry Cavill for the role of Geralt of Rivia. From the very muscular physique (loyal to the video game), low and deep voice to the very length of his white hair and amber eyes. Geralt is the handsome, tragic, brooding and strapping mutant with a dry sense of humor. There’s a lot of thoughtful sighing (which can mean a series of things) and swearing when things seem to have gone to hell. The Witcher has been around for a long time and he has basically had enough with everyone’s s***. He doesn’t believe in the lesser evil or destiny and oftentimes is not eager to get involved.
+ Packed with lore and hideous mythological monsters. Sorcerers. Lots of them. Magic is the common theme in this series as a Witcher is entirely created by dark magic. The spells cast are no joke and often require great sacrifices. A reoccurring theme is that everything has a cost.
+ The ugliness of humanity at its finest. Often the monsters are just monsters but it is humanity that is truly the cruelest and repulsive of the bunch.
+ Badass females. From princess Renfri (Emma Appleton) to Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May) to the sorceress (Yennefer played by Anya Chalotra, Tissaia played by MyAnna Buring, etc.). All of the females in this series (most) are portrayed as fiercely powerful women with too much pride and acidic humor.
+ The fighting scenes were fantastic and intense. There’s true art in the way each shot from the fighting scenes were executed and it gave me a sense of realism every time. Wars. There’s an old feud between the humans and the elves. There’s war between kingdoms and and even war between the sorcerers. Plenty of action to enjoy as the Witcher is oftentimes in charge of hunting down and eliminating monsters to make a living.
Thinking of watching this or did you already watch it? What did you think?
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