The Witches

Published October 27, 2020

The Witches

Film info

  • Title The Witches
  • Director Robert Zemeckis
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 46m
  • Genres Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Horror
  • Tagline They're real!

Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative The Witches tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. The boy and his grandmother come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, so Grandma wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe - undercover - to carry out her nefarious plans.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:23 I do love the idea that Roald Dahl made many kids suspicious that their teacher was a witch.
5:24 Sleeping in your dead mother’s old room must be a bit weird.
7:36 Octavia’s awesome.
13:51 “Would you like a sweet?” And a snake in your face. Not tempting.
17:28 “I was as happy as a mouse in a bucket of cheese.”
27:11 The explanation of how to spot witches is the best bit of the book.
35:14 I feel like Ms Hathaway is being more Russian than Norwegian.
38:41 The VFX on this must have been dreadful to work on.


Considering the quality of names attached with this, it was awful. Far too much exposition to start with, and then when it finally got going, the horror that was those witches. Inexplicably awful.

Rating: Unrated

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