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Practical Magic

October 25, 2021

Practical Magic (1999)
Director: Griffin Dunne
Actors: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Aidan Quinn

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Synopsis: Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) are just the latest in a long line of witches in the family who have grown used to being social outcasts and singletons due to a fabled curse. When Gillian goes it on her own, then, later, brings back a devilish man, all the family issues come to a head.

Review: It’s hard to begrudge Practical Magic which has been conceived of, fundamentally, as just a sweet little piece of whimsy. There are some nice things going on in it. It is gamely performed – especially by the well-cast Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest as the eccentric aunts schooling their younger relatives in witchcraft – and there are some sly nods to sisterhood and female agency.

That said, the movie is so twee and polite that it almost passes by without any palpable register of emotion, tension or surprise. You never really doubt how things will turn out in the end, and the film is visually unexceptional – a shame given the subject matter. This could easily have been elevated by someone with a greater eye for the narrative’s gothic fantasy potential i.e. Tim Burton. (October 2021)

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