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The Witches (2020)

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A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Robert Zemeckis (screenplay by), Kenya Barris (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Older Hero Mouse (voice)
Jahzir Bruno ... Hero Boy
Octavia Spencer ... Grandma
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Reginald
Joseph Zinyemba ... Basketball Kid
Josette Simon ... Zelda
Jonathan Livingstone ... Raymond
Miranda Sarfo Peprah ... Young Grandma
Ashanti Prince-Asafo Ashanti Prince-Asafo ... Alice Blue
Lunga Skosana Lunga Skosana ... Grandma's Mother
Vivienne Acheampong ... Alice's Mum
Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose ... Alice's Dad
Ken Nwosu ... Bellman
Arnaud Adrian Arnaud Adrian ... Concierge
Charles Edwards ... Mr Jenkins
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Storyline

Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative film 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. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a 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. Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris. The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero. Written by Warner Bros./HBOMax

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images/moments, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Acme mouse traps were used, a reference to Looney Tunes, also released by Warner Bros. See more »

Goofs

Near the end at 1 hour 34 min Hero mouse references to Mary as Daisy although he learned earlier in the movie her real name and commented on it that it's pretty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older Hero Mouse: [chuckles] All right, then. Where were we? Oh, yeah. That's right. Now, I remember. A note about witches. See, here's the thing about them: they're real! Witches are as real as a rock in your shoe. That's the first thing you need to know. The second thing you need to know, they're here! And they live amongst us... side by side, with humans. In every big city in every small town. For all you know, a witch might be living right next door to you right now. They're everywhere! A witch ...
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The opening title doesn't show till the end credits. See more »


Soundtracks

We Are Family
Written by Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Performed by Samantha Jade
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Good start, Slow middle, Bad ending.
5 January 2021 | by adavidromerowspSee all my reviews

2020's retelling of Roald Dahl's the Witches, brings a unique perspective of the world of Witches set in 1967 Alabama. The film starts out quite well, with some interesting camera work, great screen performance by Octavia Spencer, and Chris Rocks relatively well narration that not only sets the tone, but reminds the viewer that this is a Roald Dahl themed story. There clearly was a lot of attention to detail, which one can appreciate, but unfortunately these nice things don't make up for what the film lacked.

Once Octavia Spencer and Jahzir Bruno (the main child) reach the hotel where most of the film takes place, it all goes downhill. The film was quite slow and struggled to work with the genuinely interesting world that they created. Although Anne Hathaway's performance did invoke emotions of intimidation and even fear, but her confusing accent at many times took away from her performance.

The CGI and effects in some scenes felt dated and generally poor (mice transformation, mice movement), while other (particularly Anne Hathaway) scenes provided cool and even disturbing effects. While this film was most likely made for in-theatre 3D effects, too many scenes where sacrificed for cheap 3D effects that where directed towards children and took away from the experience.

Although this film does stick closer to the original book and introduces a beautiful Alabama setting, strong Octavia Spencer and at times Anne Hathaway performances, the film struggles to stay consistent in its themes and pacing. The film generally feels sloppy and leaves many fans of the original film dissatisfied.


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Official Sites:

HBO Max [United States]

Country:

USA | Mexico | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,900,000
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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