Hocus Pocus 2 Review


As the month of October rolls around, so does Halloween season! As we begin our 31 day long countdown to the spookiest day of the year, we’re gifted with new Halloween snacks, activities, and — a personal favorite — new Halloween movies. This season, we were treated with the sequel to the classic 1993 Hocus Pocus film from Walt Disney. To my surprise, there was little hype surrounding the release of this movie (which could be a factor of the film exclusively streaming on Disney Plus). Though, it genuinely pains me to say that the film was very underwhelming for the bit of hype it received. 

The movie started with a flashback into the youth of the Sanderson Sisters. (I did appreciate that the original Sanderson Sisters were all brought back for the sequel.) We followed them through the banishment from their village and we saw them have their first experience with magic. It then switched to the present day and we were introduced to three new characters: Becca (played by Whitney Peak), Cassie (played by Lilia Buckingham), and Izzy (played by Belissa Escobedo). For the majority of the film, we followed these girls and their own experiences with magic and their interaction with the Sanderson Sisters. In an attempt to not spoil this movie for those who want to watch it on their own, I won’t speak on the ending. I will say, however, that the Sanderson Sisters MIGHT be making another return. 

Now to my thoughts on the film. I think that with a big opportunity like this, you’d think Walt Disney Productions would put more time and thought into the movie to try and make it just as memorable and iconic as the first one had been. However, the modernization of the film, while understandable, really just made it seem inauthentic to the original. For example, instead of having the Sanderson Sisters riding around on the classic broomstick, they swapped the brooms for and Roombas, which made the film seem borderline cheesy. I also believe it would have made more sense to bring back the old cast (Vinessa Shaw, Omri Katz, and Thora Birch), and have the film follow around their children meeting the Sanderson Sisters just as they had years before. It didn’t seem like a continuation of the first film.with the introduction of a new cast; in fact, it almost seemed like a remake. Overall, the movie Hocus Pocus 2 is worth a watch purely for nostalgia. However, this movie won’t be breaking the charts or making it into my yearly rotation of Halloween movies (the first one however will definitely be staying there). It just seemed like a missed opportunity for Disney and could have been so much better. But who knows, maybe there’s still hope for a third entry in the series!

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