Introduction: I hated the first flick with a passion. I was born and grew up in Salem and remember when it was being made. I know and have seen all the local haunts in the flick. There was nothing more special about that flick than a million other movies before it. So was this worth a 29 year wait?
Synopsis: The witches are back. Thanks virgins!
Acting: very solid and on par with the first ones.
Dialogue: very good.
Characters: Slightly stock, albeit fun additions, be nice if they were better rounded.
Visuals: way better than the first, but the CGI sucked.
Subtext: None really, unless you want to get into some stuff about how these movies are very lesbian chic before it was cool.
Conclusion: This movie moves at a brisker pace than the original. It’s funnier than the original and in a lot of ways that actually improved things better the second time around. It’s darker in tone than the original, especially on one joke about eating a child’s face. Never mind the fact these versions don’t mess around. The worst part of this flick is how much of Sarah Jessica Parker’s legs seem to show in a kids movie. It’s nostalgic, while different. I actually enjoyed this one, unlike the original. Extra bonus points for the retro newspaper kiosk outside Walgreens.
3 out of 5 stars