The Witches (2020 film)
The Witches is a 2020 dark fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, and is narrated by Chris Rock. It was made available on HBO Max in the United States on October 22, 2020.
About The Witches (2020 film) in brief
The Witches is a 2020 dark fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, and is narrated by Chris Rock. It was made available on HBO Max in the United States on October 22, 2020, with a theatrical release in select international markets beginning on October 28, 2020. It received mixed reviews from critics, who deemed it inferior to Nicolas Roeg’s film, though Hathaway’s performance received praise. A young boy goes to live with his grandmother following the death of his parents in Chicago. He meets a group of witches led by their all-powerful leader, the Grand High Witch. The boy learns that the witches are in fact real and that a witch cursed his best friend Alice into spending the rest of her life as a chicken. He and his grandmother advise young children against the witches and become a family. No further developments on a potential new adaptation of Dahl’s novel have been announced by Guillermo del Toro, who expressed interest in making a potential film in 2008 when the novel was still in print.
The Witches was released to theaters on October 26, 2020 and is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. and on Blu-Ray and DVD in the UK on October 27, 2020; the UK release date has yet to be announced for the UK version of the film. The US release date for the film has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be released on October 30, 2023. It will be the second feature-length adaptation of the novel, following the 1990 film of thesame name directed by Nicolas Roel Roeg. The book is about a young boy who lives with a grandmother in Alabama in 1968. He learns about the witches’ plan to turn the world’s children into mice. He, Bruno, and Mary devise a plan to get a bottle of the potion so that the grandmother can devise a cure to turn them back into children. The plan is successful, but since, she is unable to create a cure, they instead decide to put the potion into a broth of pea soup which will be given to the witches during their dinner. All the witches except theGrand High Witch, who realizes that she had met the grandmother before as she was the witch that turned Alice into a chicken, drink the soup.