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‘The Witches’ have awoken! And just in time for Halloween too!
Robert Zemeckis dusts off Roald Dahl’s dark fantasy children’s book as he creates a wonderful adaptation of the highly acclaimed book titled, ‘The Witches’.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the plot, the story centers around a young boy named Luke (protagonist) and his grandma (Octavia Spencer) who are steeped in grief, having lost loved ones. In a bid to get him out of his funk, his grandma buys him a pet rat, which he names Daisy.
After a brief encounter with a witch, his grandma thinks it safe to lay low in a hotel for a while, but the hotel turns out to be the meeting ground for the child-hating coven, who plan to transform children to rats.
Luke makes a new friend called Bruno, a chubby little boy with an appetite for days! They are both unfortunately transformed to rats. They discover that Daisy is a girl named Mary who had gone through the same unfortunate event. The three children dash off to seek the help of Luke’s grandma, who knows a thing or two about witches and potions.
When the reversal potion fails, they team up to give the Witches a taste of their potion. They overdose the witches’ soup and they all start popping into rats, quite hilariously. The grand high witch seemed a bit harder to defeat but is defeated anyway, by being transformed and then eaten by her very own cat! YIKES!
In terms of performance, we are not disappointed as the cast deliver as expected. Anne Hathaway practically becomes her character, as the Grand high witch, and delivers a stunning performance, as she manages to be both funny and super creepy. Octavia Spencer is simply a delight to behold, as usual. The movie is narrated by Chris Rock, who also stars as adult Luke. It’s Chris Rock narrating…need I say more?
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Although few changes were made in terms of location of events and race of the characters, the movie stays faithful to certain parts of the books, such as the anatomy of the witches; bald diseased heads, claws for fingers and toe-less feet. Well, the grand high witch did have two monstrosities we refuse to acknowledge as toes. The movie also sticks to the original ending, as the children remain rats instead of being transformed back to human form, as in the 1990 adaptation.
All in all, this movie is a great pick if you have time to spare, kids to distract or if you simply just love Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway as much as we do. The movie is a 6/10.