A rare case of Film beats book. The stellar cast, concept, sets and music really all pulls together to perfectly create a movie so memorable and beloved that it transcends generations. This is a movie that is talked about so highly by so many people yet it got an unjust rating on RT from critics. Just goes to show your better off watching things for yourself and making up your own mind.
Great cast. Unique visuals and story. Amazing soundtrack. Not sure where the critics' criticism is coming from, because they're way off. One wanted a DieHard-like character to make an appearance. Talk about a bunch of hacks.
You can see the outline of an interesting movie beneath the cutesy-pie characterizations and heavy-handed mockery of small-town small-mindedness, but any chance it might have had is short-circuited by director Griffin Dunne's overwhelming inability to establish a consistent tone for the admittedly off-kilter material.
Director Griffin Dunne lacks a clear vision, torn between blithe spirits and brimstone, between madcap and macabre. But then what does it matter when there's so little magic on screen anyhow? That is unless you count making audiences disappear.
This is a fun movie to watch. I get this sort of empathy towards these witches and a feeling of nostalgia for the 90's. Ooh Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Goran Visnjic young again. It is a fun movie to watch, fun for the whole family cause everyone lives happily ever after at the end.
This comic movie revolves around the loves of Sally and Gillian, two young witches who are raised by their aunts on an isolated island. They are unhappy in love due to a cruel curse. The film is supposed to be a romantic comedy with a supernatural background, but the plot cuts off almost every developmental path in romance, which turns out to be very fragile. In a romantic comedy, the plot must privilege the development of a love story strong enough to support the plot... but that never happens here. The two female characters want it, but neither does magic make the male characters rise to the challenge. They always seem totally secondary in all plot. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were both very well and gave the two witches, the main characters of the film, tremendous strength and personality. They were well supported by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest, who played the two aunts. The problem is the boys: Goran Visnjic and Aidan Quinn have never been well in the film, perhaps because the script did not help the actors' work at all. It's too bad.