It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better.
| Original Score: 4/4
Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct.
The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice.
| Original Score: 3/4
There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself.
A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.
The wizardry of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a superbly over-the-top performance by Angelica Huston gives The Witches a good deal of charm and enjoyment.
Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike.
As in his best films, here Mr. Roeg is a master of capturing the slightly off kilter sense of an apparently normal world. His camera is unobtrusive, and then suddenly it tilts a bit to jolt.
| Original Score: 4/5
The best thing about Nicolas Roeg's film of Dahl's book The Witches is its dark vision.
In this extended good time of a fairy tale, there's something for everyone.
A wickedly funny final bow for Muppeteer Jim Henson.
Don't miss Anjelica Huston's deliciously vile transformation from beauty to beast. And don't miss this film.
| Original Score: A