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Roald Dahl's The Witches

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 2020
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • 105 mins
  • PG

Summary

In 1967, an orphaned boy goes to live with his grandmother, only to find himself the prey of diabolical witches disguised as glamorous women. Heading to a seaside hotel seems like a great way to escape, but in an unfortunate twist of fate, the world's Grand High Witch is gathering her coven at the same resort, and has a nefarious plan in store. Co-writer/director Robert Zemeckis's take on the beloved Roald Dahl fantasy, starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and narrated by Chris Rock

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A young boy tussles with child-hating witches in this CGI-assisted take on Roald Dahl's classic tale, last filmed in 1990 by Nicolas Roeg. Setting the action in 1968, director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Guillermo Del Toro oversee the story of an African-American schoolboy and his kindly grandma (a marvellous Octavia Spencer), who visit a swanky seaside hotel, unaware that witches are in attendance and posing as a child welfare charity organisation. While Anne Hathaway struggles somewhat to match Anjelica Huston's iconic portrayal of the Grand High Witch in Roeg's film, the digital effects make her and her acolytes even more of a threat. That does mean the film is possibly too intense for younger viewers, but grown-ups should relish Stanley Tucci's witty turn as the hassled hotel manager and, while the ending stumbles slightly, this is overall a grandly entertaining affair.

Credits

Cast

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Grand High WitchAnne Hathaway
GrandmaOctavia Spencer
Hero BoyJahzir Kadeem Bruno
Mr StringerStanley Tucci
Older Hero MouseChris Rock

Crew

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DirectorRobert Zemeckis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2020-10-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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