Roald Dahl's The Witches

Roald Dahl's The Witches ★★★

The 1990 film is a cult classic that’s wickedly funny, delightfully dark and mean-spirited, and full of wonderful nightmare fuel. 

This? Doesn’t even compare. But is it fun? For the most part, yeah. The performances save it. Anne Hathaway is no Angelica Huston, but she’s hammy in the best way, Octavia Spencer is lovely, Chris Rock’s narration is distracting but fun, and how can you not love a Southern Kristin Chenoweth?

Given the talent involved (Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro, and Alfonso Cuarón), this should have been a lot better. But as it is, it’s harmless entertainment. Just don’t expect it to do Roald Dahl or Nicolas Roeg justice.

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