Hello My Movievaures!
I hope you had a great weekend. I’m back with a new article on the TV show: The Witcher.
As I told you on The Mandalorian review, I was torn between writing on the latest Star Wars show or on The Witcher. I’m a Baby Yoda fan so forgive me for the wait. What I can say is that even if I preferred The Mandalorian, I really enjoyed watching Geralt of Rivia’s adventures.
The Witcher’s video game was such a success that most of the people I know thought the show was based on them. However, all this started with a series of books written by Andrzej Sapkowski of wich The Last Wish and Sword of destiny are a collection of short stories and the whole first season of the show is based on them. For those who don’t know anything about the synopsis, here is a short one: set in a medieval fictional world we follow the lives of a monster hunter (aka The Witcher) Geralt of Rivia, a sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg and a princess called Ciri. Throughout the episodes, we get to understand each one’s stories and how they collide to get linked to one another forever.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the creator of the show, decided not to follow the short stories structure in order to give more consistency to the narrative. I completely get that choice, but for most of the spectators, it lacked a little bit of harmony as the time and space were not always very clear to us. Nevertheless, except for this negative point and maybe one or two bad CGI effects, I would say this season is a great start. Henry Cavill silenced critics with his performance. He is the main character but he manages to give enough space to the other characters to exist and evolve, and at the same time have the hero’s aura. Yennefer is also an amazing character. Her path crosses with Geralt on several occasions but we also see a lot of her alone. She is a very powerful sorceress, who had a very sad past of mistreatment and however uses all her anger to become one of the best of her kind.
Their relationship becomes very strong in the show as they are two broken and powerful souls looking for some meaning, even though Geralt wants to make us believe he is careless. Which he isn’t as we see on multiple occasions and on the main plot with Ciri, with whom he is bound by past decisions. As I really enjoyed watching Yennefer and Geralt ‘s stories and how they merge, I will say I was a little bit bored with Ciri’s plot as she doesn’t evolve that much through the show and remains taking the same bad choices.
As for the whole fictional world, I think it was very accurate with the books and video games. I know that many people became crazy when the casting ‘s appearance was not exactly the same as what they imagined, but to be honest, it is very secondary here. The villages and cities are very well portrayed, the CGI is convincing however not perfect and the combats are mainly very exciting. Sex is also an important part of the show as it is on the books, but is less violent and recurrent (at least for now) than in Game of Thrones for example.
In short, I think it is a show worth watching. The plot is there, the characters are really good and well played and there is still too much to discover and exploit in this fantastic story. The good news is, a second season was confirmed!
This is all for today My Movievaures. I hope you enjoyed my article. See you next week for another review on a show or a movie, haven’t decided yet.