What You Want is Wrong, and the Magic to Get You There: A Dark Song

A movie light on jump scares, but heavy on the creepy vibe

Caleb Rogers

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Someone close to you dies. A family member, beloved, is taken from you. How far would you go to get them back… or to right that wrong?

A Dark Song is a movie about loss and the lengths one would go to fix the problem. What do I mean by fixing the problem? If the problem is losing, surely then fixing means finding, right? For this movie, that’s not clear for a while. In fact, we don’t know our protagonist’s problem or motivations at the beginning. We only know she wants magic. Old magic.

Our protagonist, Sophia, enlists the help of an occult specialist, who had supposedly done this ritual before. Solomon, this expert, is an asshole from the moment he shows up on screen. He also looks like a couch-surfing vagabond, so naturally, Sophia is skeptical.

How The Story Unfolds

Sophia has suffered a loss in her life, and she’s desperate to rectify that loss. But we, the audience, don’t know what that loss is or what she plans to do about it. At first, she tells us someone doesn’t love her anymore. Then — SPOILER — we come to find out her child died, and she blames herself… and others.

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Caleb Rogers

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