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The Witches [Robert Zemeckis|HBO Max]

  • 02-10-2020 3:46pm
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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Hadn't realised there was another stab being made at Roald Dahl's famous book, but here's the first trailer. Looks fairly faithful, going against what I remember from the last adaptation anyway :D



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,211 CMod ✭✭✭✭ johnny_ultimate


    The Roeg version had a quirky, grotesque vibe to it that always unnerved me as a kid. This all looks a bit too clean and sanded-down in comparison. But we’ll see what the final product looks like.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,887 ✭✭✭ Tazzimus


    Original please.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    The Roeg version had a quirky, grotesque vibe to it that always unnerved me as a kid. This all looks a bit too clean and sanded-down in comparison. But we’ll see what the final product looks like.

    The original adaptation was like a lot of British films of the era, being made during Thatchers Britain when there were strong Gilliam'esque flights of fantasy mixed into sometimes anarchic pushbacks against the dreariness of suburban British life.

    Given Zemeckis' career trajectory in the last decade or so, I wouldn't even begin to expect that same level of quirk or surreality. The trailer suggests the whole thing will play like a cartoon, the cast seem to be at that level.


  • Registered Users Posts: 796 ✭✭✭ Eduard Khil


    The original film scared the hell out of me The Grand High Witch was so twisted and evil compared to Morticia Addams.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭ TiGeR KiNgS


    Yikes this looks bad :confused:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,253 ✭✭✭✭ branie2


    Woke as well


  • Registered Users Posts: 403 ✭✭ Full_Circle_81


    Makes me want to watch Mousehunt....


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,762 ✭✭✭ Mark Hamill


    branie2 wrote: »
    Woke as well

    Jeez, what a pathetic observation.
    I'd hate to live my life being so triggered at seeing women or LGBT people (or whatever it is in the movie that set you off, I can't actually tell).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,207 ✭✭✭ p to the e


    A lot of unnecessary CGI just ruins it. For example the cat sitting on Anne Hathaway's arm is obviously CGI. Why couldn't she carry a cat? Stanley Tucci is always worth a watch though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,595 ✭✭✭ dan1895


    branie2 wrote: »
    Woke as well

    What was woke about it? What am I missing?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,207 ✭✭✭ p to the e


    dan1895 wrote: »
    What was woke about it? What am I missing?

    giphy.gif


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Presumably just making the lead granny-grandson unit black (looks like the time period remains approximately the same) is enough to be "woke" now. It's just a meaningless, lazy reductive phrase if it gets trotted out *gosh* 'cos they made the leads black. And sure enough, as usual veers the conversation off into another tedious broken record about woke this and that...

    I mean, the film doesn't actually look great and I live in hope Zemeckis rediscovers a pulse in his films again. I actually thought the shift to (what I guess to be) the American South was a neat choice but so what? Woke woke woke woke. The word has lost all meaning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,207 ✭✭✭ p to the e


    pixelburp wrote: »
    Presumably just making the lead granny-grandson unit black (looks like the time period remains approximately the same) is enough to be "woke" now. It's just a meaningless, lazy reductive phrase if it gets trotted out *gosh* 'cos they made the leads black. And sure enough, as usual veers the conversation off into another tedious broken record about woke this and that...

    I mean, the film doesn't actually look great and I live in hope Zemeckis rediscovers a pulse in his films again. I actually thought the shift to (what I guess to be) the American South was a neat choice but so what? Woke woke woke woke. The word has lost all meaning.

    I mean he's attached to the live adaptation of Pinocchio so that should be, um, something.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    p to the e wrote: »
    I mean he's attached to the live adaptation of Pinocchio so that should be, um, something.

    Sigh. I wouldn't overstate the man's prowess, but he was a fabulous entertainer and movie-maker once upon a time, until the Polar Express seemingly broke him.

    Patrick H Willems did a great retrospective on his career and how effectively, Zemeckis got lost in his love of technology:



  • Registered Users Posts: 768 ✭✭✭ WomanSkirtFan8


    Just watched that trailer a few days ago. It looks very interesting but I do agree with the majority here that the original movie was fantastic and looked a lot more realistic. Personally, I think that putting this particular version in the 1960s actually makes a little bit of sense if you really think about it. Zemeckis is a proven talent and he can make movies like this. He's obviously
    Anyway, as to whether the movie is good or not let's just wait and see.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,196 ✭✭✭ MonkstownHoop


    Looks terrible, I'll rewatch the original instead


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,812 ✭✭✭ Shelga


    Agree with the poster who said this just looks like a cartoonish kids' movie. Ask yourself- what would Roald think? I think he would hate it.

    The original movie was great in that the Grand High Witch scared the **** out of most children, including myself. However, it was spoiled somewhat by them
    having him turn back into a boy at the end :rolleyes:
    The book was the best.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,253 ✭✭✭✭ branie2


    Shelga wrote: »
    Agree with the poster who said this just looks like a cartoonish kids' movie. Ask yourself- what would Roald think? I think he would hate it.

    The original movie was great in that the Grand High Witch scared the **** out of most children, including myself. However, it was spoiled somewhat by them
    having him turn back into a boy at the end :rolleyes:
    The book was the best.

    He'd be turning in his grave!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,053 ✭✭✭✭ MisterAnarchy


    The reviews are out, its a stinker as expected.
    Hathaway needs to stop doing over the top comedic performances.


  • Registered Users Posts: 613 ✭✭✭ Dontfadeaway


    Finished it there. Not good. Kids might enjoy it but it took everything good away from the story. Witches not scary. The first had dark vibe and didn’t try to water it down for kids but this is as cheesy and watered down as you can get. I liked the ending of the original but it’s different here and it’s not good either.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,778 ✭✭✭✭ Busi_Girl08


    Just finished it.

    First of all i was starving after all of Anne Hathaway's scenery chewing. And how she ended up as a combination of Gollum and Eartha Kitt's Catwoman I'll never understand.

    Overall I wasn't mad about it. Way too watered down from the original material, even more so than the first move. The villain was too cartoonish and and the kids running around and repeating everything as it happened drove me nuts.

    I did like the ending though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,831 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc


    hi folks,

    Any idea where we can get this to watch ?

    I have Amazon prime but it doesnt seem to be on there !

    Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,863 ✭✭✭ mikhail




  • Registered Users Posts: 75,379 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    RobAMerc wrote: »
    hi folks,

    Any idea where we can get this to watch ?

    I have Amazon prime but it doesnt seem to be on there !

    Thanks

    I think it is now on Sky Store


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,053 ✭✭✭✭ MisterAnarchy




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,137 ✭✭✭ Zhane


    17.99 to rent a film , thats very saucy.

    Well without cinemas they have to try recoup some of the money invested in it.

    Seen the movie, it was alright. Original is better ðŸ‘ðŸ»


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,863 ✭✭✭ mikhail


    I presume they're targeting couples and families, who might argue that it's still cheaper than multiple cinema tickets. It's more than a little off-putting to those living/watching alone though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ Juliet799


    I also prefer the original movie.


  • Registered Users Posts: 56,312 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    I don't understand this world anymore.


    Anne Hathaway apologizes to disability community amid 'The Witches' backlash
    Anne Hathaway is apologizing after her new movie, "The Witches," received backlash from the disability community.

    The actress took to Instagram with a statement saying: "I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches."

    She continued: "Let me begin by saying I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for."
    Hathaway said she owes the community an apology and was sorry to see that she had caused anyone pain.
    "As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused," she continued. "I am sorry. I did not connect limb difference with the GHW when the look of the character was brought to me; if I had, I assure you this never would have happened."

    Hathaway's character in the movie has three fingers on each hand, a condition that's similar to ectrodactyly, a limb disability.
    A Warner Bros. spokesperson had issued a statement earlier this week addressing the backlash, saying the company was "deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities."
    Hathaway added that she will do better going forward.

    "I particularly want to say I'm sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I'll do better," she wrote. "And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I'm sorry I let your family down."
    She concluded her statement by directing followers to the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit organization that helps children with limb differences.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/06/entertainment/anne-hathaway-apologizes-witches-trnd/index.html


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,883 ✭✭✭ Optimalprimerib


    I don't understand this world anymore.


    Anne Hathaway apologizes to disability community amid 'The Witches' backlash

    I don't get this, this is the trait of the character she is playing. Why did she need to apologise?


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