Film #18 of the Halloween 31
The family Halloween classic at the theatre at which I volunteer was "Hocus Pocus", which I tend to watch every year around this time anyway, but I got to see it on the big screen. I didn't get to pay as much attention to the film as I would have wanted to during the first thirty minutes, but I know the film pretty well, so I'll still review it.
This film is definitely not the most well-made film, but it is quite funny. It is hard not to laugh at many of the scenes of the film. It makes fun of some of the tropes of movies featuring witches in humorous ways, such as the flying vacuum cleaner. Other humor comes from scenes such as Bette Midler's performance of "I Put a Spell on You". All of this makes for an ultimately enjoyable film, although it does have an extremely predictable plot.
The visual effects for this film are extremely cheesy. Things that look really bad include [spoilers]: the cat form of Binx, the spirit form of Binx, the witches' explosion, any scene that involves flying or driving... you get the point. Despite this, I cannot stress enough that this is an extremely enjoyable film. Its value is in its enjoyability, not its quality.
So overall, while I do realize that "Hocus Pocus" is a poorly made film, it has enchanted me (pun intended) with how much fun it is. If you get the chance, you should definitely check it out on Freeform this Halloween season.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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