The works of the writer Roald Dahl have been repeatedly adapted for the big screen, from film The Chocolate Factory to the animated feature film Fantastic Mr Foxfrom the recent The BFG – The Great Gentle Giant until Witches (here the review), new adaptation of the 1983 novel of the same name. The Oscar-winning director took care of directing this latest transposition Robert Zemeckisauthor of films such as Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and Cast away. He is additionally the author of the screenplay along with Ken Barris and Guillermo del Torowho in turn appears as a producer together with another Mexican Oscar winner: Alfonso Cuaron.
An exceptional team therefore for a film that brings back to the screen the events of the frightening witches conceived by Dahl. The novel, in fact, had already been adapted for the cinema in 1990 with the film Who’s afraid of witches?where the absolute protagonist was the Oscar winner Anjelica Huston and among the other actors he also found himself Rowan Atkinson. Compared to that adaptation, Zemeckis has decided to remain more faithful to the heart of the novel, while making a number of changes necessary to make Witches a story closer to the contemporary and to add new social and cultural themes.
Initially planned for the cinema, Witches was one of the unfortunate titles to find direct streaming distribution due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Received in a mixed way by critics and audiences, the film has in any case attracted attention to itself, also thanks to the actors involved. Before embarking on a vision of the film, however, it will certainly be useful to delve into some of the main curiosities related to this. Continuing here in the reading it will in fact be possible to find further details relating to the plot and al cast of actors. Finally, the main ones will also be listed streaming platforms containing the film in their catalogue.
Witches: the plot of the movie
The film tells the story of a young African American orphan named Bruno who, in the late 1960s, goes to live with his beloved grandmother in Demopolis, a rural town in Alabama. Life seems to smile again at Bruno, at least until he runs into a real witch. The grandmother wisely decides to escape the sorceress by moving to a luxurious seaside resort, staying at a luxurious hotel. Qu, unfortunately for them, is about to hold a coven of witches, organized by Supreme Witch. For Bruno it will be the beginning of an adventure full of dangers, during which he will have to learn how to defeat the dangerous witches.
Witches: the cast of actors of the film
Taking on the role of the Supreme Witch, inheriting it from Houston, is the Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway. Other well-known performers such as Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez and Helena Bonham Carter. Upon landing her part, Hathaway said she prepared for her role by studying the character of Judge Morton in the film. Who Framed Roger Rabbitdirected by Zemeckis himself. In fact, similarly to the Supreme Witch, that character also reveals a different nature from the one with which she shows herself.
Furthermore, for this role, Hathaway had to undergo numerous hours of makeup, necessary to make her take on the appearance that the Supreme Witch reveals in certain scenes. Next to her, in the role of Bruno, is the young man Codie-Lei Eastickwhile Kristin Chenoweth is the voice of Daisy, the mouse that was given to Bruno by his grandmother. She the latter is played by the Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, the film’s other big name. They are also part of the cast Stanley Tucci, in the role of mr. RJ Stringer III, the hotel manager, Jahzir Bruno in those of Charlie Hansen, a young man transformed into a mouse by the Supreme Witch, and Chris Rock in those of Charlie Hansen, narrator of the film.
Witches: other curiosities about the film, the trailer and where to see it in streaming and on TV
The film was originally intended to be very different from how it was actually made. It all starts with the desire to Guillermo del Toro to give life to Witches as a stop motion animated film. However, the project failed to find the necessary funding and was therefore set aside to then be taken up and transformed into live action by Zemeckis. However, the Mexican director was then able to make his own film in stop motion, that is Pinocchio, released in December 2022 in theaters and on Netflix. As for the differences between Zemeckis’ film and Dahl’s book, please refer instead to an article where all the changes made during the adaptation phase are indicated.
You can enjoy Witches thanks to its presence on some of the most popular streaming platforms on the net today. This is in fact available in the catalogs of Rakuten TV, Chili Cinema, Google Play, Apple iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. To see it, once the reference platform has been chosen, it will be enough to rent the single film or subscribe to a general subscription. In this way you will be able to watch it in total comfort and at the best video quality. The film is also featured, in first ever viewin the television schedule of Monday 11 December at 21:20 up Channel 5