“”The Witches” serves up a strange brew that doesn’t work, but it’s mildly fascinating for the reasons why, from the people responsible for making it to contrasting this movie with the graphic novel and 1990 film based on Roald Dahl’s dark children’s tale.
“The Warner Bros. release has been swept over to stream on HBO Max, which is probably where it rightfully belongs.
“Dahl has a storied if uneven screen history (see “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and less successfully “The BFG”), but this story truly falls into a no-man’s land, a bit too frightening for younger kids and too cartoonish for older ones.
“That leaves their parents, who might get a kick out of Anne Hathaway’s thickly accented, scenery-devouring performance as the Grand High Witch — much like Anjelica Huston’s portrayal three decades ago — without feeling compelled to visit a theater to consume it.”
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