Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, Jahzir Bruno, Kristin Chenoweth, Stanley Tucci
The wild imagination of children’s author Roald Dahl has been enchanting readers and moviegoers for years. The latest page to screen adaptation is a remake of The Witches, now streaming on HBO Max. If you’re my age, you may remember Anjelica Huston scaring you as a kid when she brought The Grand High Witch to life. Now it’s Anne Hathaway’s turn to spook kids. The Witches opens with Chris Rock’s narration recounting a childhood memories from when he was young. He plays Charlie, an orphaned boy raised by his grandmother (Spencer) after his parents were killed in a car accident. After being spotted by a witch, the two of them escape to a luxurious hotel. Unfortunately for them a coven of witches arrives for their annual convention. Charlie overhears The Grand High Witch’s plot to turn all children into mice and sets out to stop them with the help of his grandma and friends Bruno and Daisy.
Here’s my review