Hocus Pocus 2: Movie Review

By: Alexander Bowler | Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Disney Plus

This movie is the long-awaited sequel to the original Hocus Pocus made in 1993. The familiar faces and music bring a wave of nostalgia, especially for any huge Disney fans. This movie is perfect to watch with the whole family, sitting down with some warm cider and popcorn, especially on Halloween night.

Overview: Three best friends, Becca, Izzy, and Cassie, take on the returned Sanderson sisters while employing the help of Gilbert, a mystic shop owner.

Overall rating: 10/10

Plot: 10/10

From beginning to end, the entire story grasps your attention without a single dull moment. The story of the battle between good and evil is as old as time, but this movie twists the story into something entirely unique.

Characters: 10/10

There are way too many characters I could give perfect scores. The comedic dialogue and contrast between the foolish and gullible Sanderson sisters versus the witty modern teenagers gave these characters much-needed development and allows the audience to gauge the personalities of each individual character.

Consistency: 10/10

There were absolutely no plot holes. Everything was beautifully explained and executed smoothly. The flashback to the early days of the Sandersons and why they became witches and why they do not like the Traske family is paired with an explanation by Cassie. All parts including Gilbert’s fascination with magic are concisely explained and well thought out. The only thing that may have left audiences wanting more was how Becca became a witch. Is it from her yearly rituals in the “Forbidden Forest”? Or is it family blood? It appears we will have to wait for a third movie to get that explanation.

Effect: 10/10

Hocus Pocus 2, like many Disney movies, left us with a wonderful resolve and the wholesome message that power is supposed to be used for good and when combined with those you love most can conquer any challenge. If you want a feel-good movie to warm your heart, this is the movie for you. 

Cinematography: 10/10

Let’s dive deep into the awesome camera work and lighting in this movie. To start we are given a drone shot to show how small this tiny settlement of Salem is within the vast expanse of forest around them. When we get another drone shot like this, it is when the witches fly, showing the modern city. This really put into perspective how much has changed since the sisters had been alive. The feeling of impending doom is personified when the sisters are summoned as lightning strikes. This, paired with the horrible laughter and the scream from the girls, evoke the inevitable feeling that something bad is about to happen. The camera angles are sometimes used to make the sisters seem much bigger than the town folk, forcing us to feel their imposing power. 

Like I’ve said before, this movie is absolutely perfect for a family to watch. The wholesome ending and the comedic elements are great for a wide array of audiences. The entire movie was so well executed and delivered that I could not take my eyes off the screen. There was always something to grab my attention and keep me immersed in this movie’s atmosphere. This is a great sequel – I would argue it’s even better than the first movie! I cannot wait for a third movie if this is the precedent they are setting for this series. I just hope we will not have to wait another 30 years for it!