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Bewitched back to product details

Check your expectations
written by thingstodo November 15, 2006 - 4:46 PM PST
First of all, you should view at least a couple of episodes of the original TV series with Elizabeth Montgomery. This show has never been about anything of depth; it's a 30-minute fluffy entertainment piece. Everyone is a caricature, with the possibly exception of Samantha, living in that squeaky clean Leave-it-to-Beaver world that never was.

As its predecessor, everyone here is blissfully idealistic and/or one-dimensional. The star is Nicole Kidman as a witch bored with having everything going her way and decides to turn off the safety of her magical powers and try to live like a regular mortal. Yeah. I sometimes feel that way, too.

There are some variations on the original. Most notably is the location and time of the story. Although the characters in this movie mirror somewhat those from the TV series, the characters are fully awared of the TV series since the movie is about doing a remake of the series. So I was a bit curious at how naive and oblivious Isabel (Nicole Kidman's character) was about the world around her. I remember Samantha being a pretty sharp lady on top of being a witch. Isabel acts more like Nell than Samantha here.

Some movies set out to reinvent the story from which its title is based on. Some are just more of the same. This one is of the latter. Fans of the TV series will get a kick out seeing how things change to stay the same.

Mediocre Drivel
written by talltale October 29, 2005 - 5:00 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
When film historians look back for some precise time at which moviegoers stopped going out to the movies and even bothering to watch them on video, BEWITCHED may well be seen as the beginning of the end. It is THE supreme pointless motion picture: ordinary at its best (often much worse than that) and sloppily thought-out, written and directed (the actors don't stand a chance) by people who didn't care a fig for anything more than making a bundle. All of them--writers, director, producers--deserve each other and this utter mediocrity of a movie. Good-bye and good riddance.


(Average 4.07)
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