C.J.'s Review of Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • 20 months ago via Flixster
    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

    The production design evokes all the wonder and peril that should come with a mysterious carnival, and the characters are engaging enough, if straight off the conveyor belt from the Coming-of-Age Factory. (Also, this is one of those movies that spends loads of time pondering the joys and melancholic trappings of boyhood and fatherhood, but curiously has nothing to say about girls or women.) There's at least one memorable setpiece involving tarantulas - it's the type of sequence that became a rarity after the PG-13 rating came along and ruined the great kid-horror movie mashup genre. The scene also doesn't make sense and seems almost like an obligation to ensure they had something interesting to put in the commercials. What also doesn't make sense is the abrupt ending. Still, there are worse ways to spend a lazy Sunday evening than watching a movie that is less scary than when you first watched it from behind a pillow at age 5.

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