Something Wicked This Way Comes Reviews

  • Jan 06, 2020

    This Disney movie is so overlooked. It's a little creepy but fun story.

    This Disney movie is so overlooked. It's a little creepy but fun story.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    A good movie but it screws up the ending of the book.

    A good movie but it screws up the ending of the book.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Great movie adaptation of Bradbury's book. Mostly practical special effects, so it aged well. Unfortunately adults thought it was a kids story so that adversely affect ticket sales. The story is too intense for younger viewers, so I'd recommend 13+ only. A definite must see for anyone who is a fan of Tim Burton or Laika films.

    Great movie adaptation of Bradbury's book. Mostly practical special effects, so it aged well. Unfortunately adults thought it was a kids story so that adversely affect ticket sales. The story is too intense for younger viewers, so I'd recommend 13+ only. A definite must see for anyone who is a fan of Tim Burton or Laika films.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    this movie will not stick in my memory. it made some improvements upon the book, but moved way too fast.

    this movie will not stick in my memory. it made some improvements upon the book, but moved way too fast.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    I remember this movie from back in the 70s and I loved it. I Have hoped it would air on any one of the movie channels and I've looked for it for years, disappointed that I can never find it. I remember it is a story about a young boy whose father, played by Jason Robards, was quite old and pretty much ready and willing to just keep getting older Until he had to suddenly save his young son from an evil circus owner that possessed supernatural abilities . Some could say it is a dark story, and yes it has a little spookiness to it but mostly it is quite Charming was a wonderful ending. I recommend it to everyone., young and old!

    I remember this movie from back in the 70s and I loved it. I Have hoped it would air on any one of the movie channels and I've looked for it for years, disappointed that I can never find it. I remember it is a story about a young boy whose father, played by Jason Robards, was quite old and pretty much ready and willing to just keep getting older Until he had to suddenly save his young son from an evil circus owner that possessed supernatural abilities . Some could say it is a dark story, and yes it has a little spookiness to it but mostly it is quite Charming was a wonderful ending. I recommend it to everyone., young and old!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jul 17, 2017

    In the age of slasher horror and torture porn this tale of a traveling carnival that's trade is misfortune seems light, but still is resonant for it's moral lessons. Perhaps the best Ray Bradbury tale on film, all ominous and creepy, and better meant for adolescents.

    In the age of slasher horror and torture porn this tale of a traveling carnival that's trade is misfortune seems light, but still is resonant for it's moral lessons. Perhaps the best Ray Bradbury tale on film, all ominous and creepy, and better meant for adolescents.

  • Apr 14, 2017

    SPOILERS Something Wicked This Way Comes, a terrifying story of envy, celebrates the invisible dark side of want. Unfortunately the story was not able to fully flesh out director Jack Clayton's darker intentions for the story, as it was taken and "doctored" by Disney. Unfortunately that meant Clayton collaborator's Georges Delerue's superior score and the most adult aspects of the story were butchered. But what is left is a superb, atmospheric period film. The director, Jack Clayton, is by far one of the best filmmakers of the 20th century. Having years earlier helmed the scariest film ever made, The Innocents, Clayton was thoroughly prepared for this. For one, the story shines where it exhibits the performance of Jason Robards. He plays a tired middle-aged man with the heart and soul of a child. The movie's brilliant trailer suggests the story follows him, but in the end the children are the true vehicles; which also brings me to another facet of the film: the children are great. One thing common in Clayton's films is great performances, which he believed, and I agree, to be the most important part of making a movie. No, I do not think it is the greatest film made by Clayton, but the 10/10 rating assignment is simply because what wasn't cut exposes a masterpiece of cinema. We have two characters: Will and Jim. Will has a father, Jim doesn't. However, Will's father, Charles Halloway, feels that he might as well be invisible. His older age restricts him from doing what other dads do, and in effect he feels he has a failed as a father. Charles is obviously a great father, he's really cool and very smart, but in deep pain over an event in which he didn't save his son from drowning (someone else did), simply because he was physically incapable. Jim, on the otherhand, is jealous that his best friend has a father, even if he isn't physically ideal. His mother tries to recreate her husband by having flings with handsome men. When Mr. Dark arrives, he promises that she shall have her spouse return. But like, every desire, it is always just a short sensation with dire consequences. At the end of the film, Will's dad faces Mr. Dark, who as it happens, embodies his desires. He gives up being young again for his son. It'a a brilliant ending, most likely pure Clayton. Clayton was sidelined in production, so what can be seen of his original vision is in slices spread throughout the film, and the trailer was most likely approved and reviewed by Clayton. If you've seen any of Clayton's other films, it's much easier to identify what's Clayton and what's Disney meddling in places they shouldn't be. The film was, according to Wikipedia, "a dark thriller, which saw him to return to themes he had explored in earlier films - the supernatural, and the exposure of children to evil." Simply, it basically says that you were never innocent. In fact, innocence has never existed.

    SPOILERS Something Wicked This Way Comes, a terrifying story of envy, celebrates the invisible dark side of want. Unfortunately the story was not able to fully flesh out director Jack Clayton's darker intentions for the story, as it was taken and "doctored" by Disney. Unfortunately that meant Clayton collaborator's Georges Delerue's superior score and the most adult aspects of the story were butchered. But what is left is a superb, atmospheric period film. The director, Jack Clayton, is by far one of the best filmmakers of the 20th century. Having years earlier helmed the scariest film ever made, The Innocents, Clayton was thoroughly prepared for this. For one, the story shines where it exhibits the performance of Jason Robards. He plays a tired middle-aged man with the heart and soul of a child. The movie's brilliant trailer suggests the story follows him, but in the end the children are the true vehicles; which also brings me to another facet of the film: the children are great. One thing common in Clayton's films is great performances, which he believed, and I agree, to be the most important part of making a movie. No, I do not think it is the greatest film made by Clayton, but the 10/10 rating assignment is simply because what wasn't cut exposes a masterpiece of cinema. We have two characters: Will and Jim. Will has a father, Jim doesn't. However, Will's father, Charles Halloway, feels that he might as well be invisible. His older age restricts him from doing what other dads do, and in effect he feels he has a failed as a father. Charles is obviously a great father, he's really cool and very smart, but in deep pain over an event in which he didn't save his son from drowning (someone else did), simply because he was physically incapable. Jim, on the otherhand, is jealous that his best friend has a father, even if he isn't physically ideal. His mother tries to recreate her husband by having flings with handsome men. When Mr. Dark arrives, he promises that she shall have her spouse return. But like, every desire, it is always just a short sensation with dire consequences. At the end of the film, Will's dad faces Mr. Dark, who as it happens, embodies his desires. He gives up being young again for his son. It'a a brilliant ending, most likely pure Clayton. Clayton was sidelined in production, so what can be seen of his original vision is in slices spread throughout the film, and the trailer was most likely approved and reviewed by Clayton. If you've seen any of Clayton's other films, it's much easier to identify what's Clayton and what's Disney meddling in places they shouldn't be. The film was, according to Wikipedia, "a dark thriller, which saw him to return to themes he had explored in earlier films - the supernatural, and the exposure of children to evil." Simply, it basically says that you were never innocent. In fact, innocence has never existed.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    I didn't grow up with this movie so Im not going to say I love this movie because of the nostalgia factor. As it is, I like it. It does have a lot of atmosphere, some nice 80's visuals, imagination, and good performances from Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.

    I didn't grow up with this movie so Im not going to say I love this movie because of the nostalgia factor. As it is, I like it. It does have a lot of atmosphere, some nice 80's visuals, imagination, and good performances from Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.

  • Aug 11, 2016

    Leave it to critics to mess up the review of this classic. Yeah it's a creepy Disney film but I grew up with it and am fine lol.

    Leave it to critics to mess up the review of this classic. Yeah it's a creepy Disney film but I grew up with it and am fine lol.

  • Jul 01, 2016

    I had never seen this one before, and I think I would've loved it as a kid. But, as an adult, I only found it ok. Based on a Ray Bradbury story and made by Disney, it's surprisingly dark. I did enjoy the performances of Jonathan Pryce and Jason Robards though. Not for everyone, but of you like the premise then give it a try.

    I had never seen this one before, and I think I would've loved it as a kid. But, as an adult, I only found it ok. Based on a Ray Bradbury story and made by Disney, it's surprisingly dark. I did enjoy the performances of Jonathan Pryce and Jason Robards though. Not for everyone, but of you like the premise then give it a try.