‘Hocus Pocus 2’ brings nostalgia to the screen to kick off the spooky season


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TRL’s Addy McCaffity reviews new sequel to the halloween classic, ‘Hocus Pocus.’ The movie successfully mixes light-hearted comedy and edge of your seat moments.

A sequel to the original “Hocus Pocus” from 1993 came out Sept. 30 to kick off the Halloween movies this year. This movie brought back the good old Sanderson sisters for another movie and it was everything watchers could have hoped for.

The main thing I enjoyed was the beginning of the movie when we saw the Sanderson sisters being turned into witches and seeing their background. This made it easier to understand where they were coming from and why they do what they do. Something else that made this movie reach my expectations was seeing the three wicked witches from the 1600s interact with modern-day teenagers. It also had the perfect mix of on the edge of your seat moments and light-hearted predictable moments such as the modern day teenagers realizing the true importance of friendship, and the Sanderson sisters deciding if being bad is what they really wanted.

Something I didn’t enjoy was how the movie had a lot of repetition. For instance, something bad would happen, and then the teenagers would fix it. Then another similar problem would occur, and it would get fixed again. Instead of one big conflict, they made a lot of unnecessary extra problems that didn’t need to be there and were frankly a waste of time. The movie was also very predictable, but I can’t blame it for that because it is a PG Disney movie. 

A plus of this film was the character development. Of course, the three witches stayed evil and funny throughout the movie, but the modern-day teenagers really learned the importance of friendship and caring about the moment and not the future in this movie. I appreciated seeing the characters have moments of realization about the importance of always being there for your friends. 

All in all this movie definitely filled my spooky season movie cravings for the month of October, and it will be on again on Halloween night.

Rating: 8/10