The Witches came out in October 2020 staring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock. Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci are finally working together again, both are showing their age. This is a remake of the 1990 movie that is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic. The movie does not disappoint, the animation is quite good, scary at times but is well done. It is a Halloween movie that is a family favourite, fun for all.
The concept is quite simple, a boy’s parents die, and he is now living with his grandmother. The grandmother who has seen a witch when she was a child, the witch turned her friend into a chicken, finds out that her grandson has saw a witch now. They take off to get away from the witch. When they get to the hotel there is a woman’s conference going on which they do not know that this conference is really a witch’s conference. The grandson wonders around and decides to play with his pet mouse in a ball room when he hides when the woman’s conference is about to begin. It is here that he finds out that these women are witches. He gets turned into a mouse after he sees another boy from the hotel get turned into a mouse as well, he soon finds out that his pet mouse is also a mouse that was turned into a mouse as well. Together the three of them discover that the witches have a potion to turn children into mice and where it is being kept. They go to the grandson’s hotel room to get his grandma. Together they get the potion devise a plan to put in a soup that is for the woman’s conference. When the witches eat this soup, they turn into rats. The high witch does not eat the soup but instead finds the grandma and the three mice in her room. As luck would have it they are able to get a full bottle of potion into the high which and is turns into a rat herself. The high witches cat takes care of the high witch. Before they leave, they end up taking the high witches’ luggage which contains all of the potion, a lot of money as well as the address of all the witches around the world. They go on a witch hunt! The grandmother isn’t able to turn the mice back into children but that is alright as they can work together to get the witches back so there will not be any other children becoming mice.
The story is a strange one, but it wouldn’t be a normal story for a Roald Dahl story. I remember being read this story a few times growing up, I rather enjoyed it. I didn’t get to see the movie until I was much older, but I now can say that I have seen them both! The book is always better than the movie though.
Would I recommend this movie to others? Yes, it is a fun movie and family friendly. Some of the animation for the high witch may scare some young ones but it is still a lot of fun! The Witches is a fun Halloween movie to please any family!