Reel 2 Reel Movie Reviews: Bewitched

Saturday, June 25, 2005




I did not hold high hopes for this movie, but my niece wanted something to do on a super hot day, and I thought a couple of hours in an air conditioned theatre would hit the spot nicely.

When Bewitched the television series was created, it was the type of show that took a stab at poking fun at the societal norm of being a submissive housewife in the mid '60s. The movie doesn't necessarily try to recapture that setting, but it does place Nicole Kidman in a submissive role to Will Farrell. This just didn't work for me, another one of those unbelievable couples. What's wrong in Hollywood these days? Why can't they bring together two characters who can manage to act just enough to make a relationship believable? I mean, it's only a 90 minute film... that's got to be feasible.

The "magic" in the movie, was clever and is really the only place that I can give real credit, other than that Kidman was a perfect cast for this role, as she has a strong resemblance to the original Samantha, especially when she wiggles her nose. I'd also have to give credit to Shirley MacLaine, who does a remarkable performance as Endora. The story however is boring at best, and dismal at worst.

My recommendation - if you're looking for something to see at the theatre, or you have a niece to entertain on a hot afternoon, skip Bewitched and opt for Madagascar. At least Madagascar has some funny lines to keep you from falling asleep.

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12:50 AM  
Blogger Ajay Shroff said...

I had a feeling i should run away from this movie. Thanks for warning me. :)

10:36 AM  
Blogger lomo said...

Hi! In Japan, the movie hasn't released yet. Since I knew Nicole Kidman performed the Samantha, I have looked forward to watch it, so I discouraged at your review a little. I will watch it on DVD, not in theater. Thanks for warning...

1:11 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Yeah, I didn't go because I figured if I saw Nicole Kidman (formerly the strong wife in The Stepford Wives) in the role of a dominated hausfrau I'd barf. Glad I didn't go!

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