Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
For being quite the usual bloated, paint by numbers action-fare, The Last Witch Hunter happens to do a lot right. During your trek through the admittedly CGI action-fest - mixed in with some outstanding prosthetic work mind you, especially on the Witch Queen herself - you’ll enjoy what it has to offer, with the lore of its world surprisingly deep and well crafted - reminding me a lot of Constantine in its approach. The Last Witch Hunter aims to be a fun popcorn flick with some entertaining set pieces - with most, likely just going to see Vin Diesel kick some ass - and it wholeheartedly succeeds in that aspect.
The real problem with the film is its pacing, starting off excellently, sagging in the middle quite drastically then again slowly picking up towards the last act - it all feels just a tad too long, and with the light story it contains The Last Witch Hunter would have worked much better with a good 15-20 minutes taken out. Like most action films the characters are massively underdeveloped and you’ll find it hard to care for any of the unlikely heroes, with plot points such as the loss Kaulder’s wife and daughter used merely as tools for action, rather than feed into the character itself.
Thankfully the performances are passable, with Vin Diesel playing his usual, sturdy tough guy persona - I believe it to be the only persona in his repertoire - and Rose Leslie finally gets the chance to strut her stuff in Hollywood after a stint in Game Of Thrones.
- 3 Out of 5 Stars
Drags in the middle
Well executed CGI
The Last Witch Hunter
Release Date: 21st October
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins
Director: Breck Eisner
Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Julie Engelbrecht & Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
- Dracula Untold
Whilst there isn't any outright gore or depictions of death, some scenes involving monsters may scare young children.
The character of Kaulder is based upon a Dungeons & Dragons character of Vin Diesels own creation - he is an avid fan of the game.
Vin Diesel himself confirmed a sequel is purportedly already in the works.