Roald Dahl's The Witches

Roald Dahl's The Witches ★★½

Doesn't do much to set itself apart from the previous adaptation, but I came for Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

Speaking of which, Hathaway's performance is one of those off the rails ones that is a single mistake away from being terrible but she absolutely rules. They did a great job making her extra creepy, and she's definitely channeling some camp glam horror ala Death Becomes Her. She goes feral with it and I couldn't be happier. Angelica Houston will always be the grand high witch, but Hathaway is up there.

The story itself with the kids is just fine. The running about as mice stuff is the worst element of the first movie imo and I didn't enjoy it any more here. The cgi is meh in that regard, but looks great in its use with the witches and their weird bodies.

Would have liked this to have done more things different. Although I enjoyed it, there's not enough of a splash here to really warrant another adaptation. Still, had a good time with the adult performances. This is meant to be a bit camp and silly so I don't mind things that seem to have turned others off.

Chris Rock's narration sucked though.

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