Hocus Pocus 2 Review


What worked for Hocus Pocus 2 was the “fish-out-of-water” act for the Sanderson sisters. That’s always a good angle to maximize the humour. Three witches return after almost three decades to Salem, which looks slightly different. There are new stores like Walgreens, new products, and, of course, technology. When Becca and Izzy meet the Sanderson sisters after accidentally bringing them back on Halloween night, they try their best to distract them. The tactics they use are quite funny and the comedic timing from Kathy Najimy will have anyone in stitches. Director Anne Fletcher guides the audience through Halloween night with the Sanderson sister regaining some control. 

It was also nice to see practical effects being used to bring nostalgia to the town of Salem. When they were flying or casting spells, the special effects looked great. The story between Becca, Cassie, and Izzy was more engaging than the original story because it’s about three best friends coming together again to save Salem. Even though they drifted apart, they all went on their journeys to find themselves and circle back to each other. Whitney Peak did a great job carrying the film when the Sanderson sisters were causing chaos all over town. The one person who is always a delight to see on screen is Sam Richardson who plays Gilbert. He is the man who has kept “Book” and their shop (home) up to date and wanted to get them back to Salem. 

Review by: Amanfa Guarragi 


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