Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Robert Zemeckis
Staring: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci
Streaming: HBO MAX
Release Date: October 22, 2020

Before anyone asks, no I have not seen the 1990 version of The Witches. So I am not qualified to say if that version, or this 2020 version, is the better of the two.

Director and writer Robert Zemeckis strived for a creepy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) bad-person vibe. To a certain extent, they succeeded. In the early portions of Roald Dahl’s The Witches there was success with it. However as the movie progresses and gets more CGI heavy and family friendly, the unique avenue of appeal fades.

Where Roald Dahl’s The Witches starts to falter is right after cauldron of witches remove their wigs, gloves and shoes. That shedding of their outer skin acts like the movie shedding its potential to be strong.

  • Anne Hathaway is having fun in this movie, that is without a doubt. She embraces the wonkiness, even if the movie is uneven with it.
  • The CGI in this movie was bad. The table through by the Grand High Witch is really tough to see, and a lot of the sequences with the “snakes” and mice are looking low-budget.
  • Had no idea that Chris Rock’s voice work was in this movie. Shocker when it started.
  • I think I have a dear of Roald Dahl stories, but mainly, mostly James And The Giant Peach. That movie terrified me.

Stanko Rating: C+ (2.5/5 Stars)


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