The Witches

This was probably the best movie I could have watched to end my previously dubbed spooky season. I remember reading the book of the same name by Roald Dahl when I was a child. Though I never saw the 1990 version of the film, I knew the reboot would make it to my list. It was a ton of fun and I enjoyed myself for the most part, but I also think I will have nightmares for about a week. No joke!

When a young boy’s (Jahzir Bruno) parents die in a car accident, he moves in with his grandmother (Octavia Spencer). Though it takes some time for him to move past what has happened, he and Grandma’s lives begin to fall into a decent routine. That is, until they encounter a coven of witches.

The catch about the witches, however, is that they absolutely loathe children and will do whatever they can to get rid of them! Together with the help of Hero Boy’s pet mouse Daisy (Kristin Chenoweth) and new friend Bruno (Codie-Lei Eastick), the gang must do whatever they can to stop the witches’ plan.

Let’s start with the good. The Witches is the perfect family friendly film. There are many laugh out loud moments, plenty of hijinks and you really are kept on the edge of your seat. There truly is something in it for everybody.

Another positive was the cast. Big names that I mentioned already were joined by Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock. Each are brilliant in their own right and really do add to the overall enjoyment of the film. In fact, I probably would not have checked it out otherwise. And then there is the outstanding make up, costumes and special effects that really do put the film on a whole other level.

Unfortunately there was one main aspect that I can’t overlook. Despite the fact that there was too much going on at times, I simply couldn’t get over how creepy it all was. The witches were unlike anything I had ever seen before and I still don’t know if that’s a positive thing. There was something else as well, that prompted me to sit in fear for an hour and forty minutes, but I don’t want to spoil anybody.

On the whole, if you are in the mood for something (creepy) the whole family can enjoy, I’d say give this one a go. I would just give your kids, and yourself, a warning before you do.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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