D: Robert Zemeckis
Warner Bros/Imagemovers/Necropia/Esperanto Filmoj/Double Dare You (Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron & Luke Kelly)
W: Robert Zemeckis, Kenya Barris & Guillermo del Toro [based on the novel by Roald Dahl]
DP: Don Burgess
Ed: Jeremiah O’Driscoll
Mus: Alan Silvestri
Anne Hathaway (Grand High Witch), Octavia Spencer (The Grandmother), Stanley Tucci (R.J. Stringer), Jahzir Kareem Bruno (Hero Boy), Chris Rock (Older Hero), Codie-Lei Eastick (Bruno Jenkins)
I have no idea why a director like Robert Zemeckis would think it would be a good idea to tackle a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, especially one which has the exact same plot as the 1990 movie, with little to no changes of the story and a cast for 2020.
The film does get relocated from England to America though, as a boy and his grandmother take a trip to a hotel where a group of witches turn up for their annual council, plotting to turn all children into mice.
There’s very little magic here, and it’s inferior to the 1990 film in every way, especially the CGI visual effects which will inevitably age worse than the physical effects from a film made 30 years prior.
Anne Hathaway is certainly miscast in her role and the film in general does a disservice to Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book.