I saw it Friday, the day of release in an almost empty theater (I guess movies about witchcraft endorsed by the Church of Satan don’t do well in Utah, go figure). As I watched it, I came to three conclusions: first, it’s well shot; the cinematography is amazing and the visuals are stunning. Director, Robert Eggers did an excellent job in that department. It felt like the family was in a remote part of the wilderness, detached from society and trying to make it on their own. The border of the trees representing the forest, and the savage wilds was great, and I felt like it was a barrier not to be passed. I also thought the wardrobe choices, tools and structures were true to the time-period (at least for an uneducated person like me). On top of that, the acting was superb. Dialogue choices, use of old-school language, and situation were spot on. My hat is off to the two small children, Mercy and Jonas played by Ellie Grainer and Lucas Dawson respectively. They did an amazing job for being so young, and really had a hand in some of the creepier parts of the movie.
Now, on to the third part of my observations. There be spoilers here, so veer off if you don’t want to be spoiled.