The Sanderson Sisters are back from the dead with all the political correctness they could conjure up. There is a reason why this sequel wasn’t released into theaters, and Disney decided to stream it for free to subscribers. Don’t worry, I’m not going to let slip any secret details of the film, it just isn’t worth it.
The original Hocus Pocus, released in 1993 has become a cult classic and is a mainstay for many Halloween lovers who re-watch it year to year. The new Hocus Pocus stays true to the original at least in one way - the 1993 witchy comedy starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy received mixed reviews and was not a box office success.
Now I’m usually a fan of any Halloween themed movie that resurrects a bunch of old skeletons, squeezes them into weird dresses, and sets them off to run amok. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Bette Midler fan – she is a goddess and an icon to my people – but now I know why some actors choose to retire. And poor Kathy Najimy, a wonderful comedienne and advocate for women’s rights, she may seriously need to think about sticking with voicing cartoon characters. I’m not even gonna mention the other one as I’m not totally sure she was awake during the filming.
Political Correctness was the theme of this Hocus Pocus, and though I’m all for not purposely insulting anyone, implied or otherwise, I have to imagine it could have been done in a less than ‘in your face’ kind of way. In the original movie, the Sanderson Sisters were evil witches who had sold their souls to Satan and enjoyed killing children so they could stay young forever. All of that is kind of glossed over this time, and a new, young witch works against them on the side of good.
My main problem with Hocus Pocus 2, besides the questionable casting and acting of the supporting members (‘BOOK’ showed more emotional depth) was the story itself, oh and the ending. Disney really stretched the emotional reach on this one, thinking the audience would cry, or at least sniffle, in the way the Sanderson Sisters leave the earthly plane, this time for good (I hope). Oh, and our favorite evil trio came to realize the error of their ways in the last minutes, like a Catholic death bed repentance kind of thing.
Hocus Pocus 2 - 'POOF!' it'll be gone before you know it.