“Hocus Pocus 2” delivers delightful nostalgia for series fans

Written By Antonio Rossetti, Co-Sports Editor

Grab your broom and take a flight to Nostalgia town. Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah, and Kathy Najimy as Mary picked up their brooms and rekindled their roles as the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney Plus.

The movie gives a very great and detailed origin story of the sisters and the movie makes sure that the focus is set on the Sanderson Sisters.

In 1993, the original movie teased that this sequel was to take place when the infamous one-eyed spellbook appears to be alive. In 2022, the witches make their return and fans are delighted as the black-flamed candle also returns, helping the witches return and rule over Salem once and for all.

The visuals for the movie are great. The witches kept their classic look from the originals but were out of place as they had to adjust to living in the year 2022.

There was no time taken. Winifred, Sarah, and Mary had their typical slapstick humor throughout the entire movie that kept the viewer entertained. In addition, the film dials in on making sure the Sanderson Sisters are the stars of the show, as they have numerous musical performances throughout.

Hocus Pocus 2 tried to make sure there was a balance between Nostalgia and introducing the new characters. While they may have provided a big role, the new characters, such as Becca, who is played by Whitney Peak, didn’t seem to have as much screen time or character development as the main characters in the original Hocus Pocus.

A movie shouldn’t be too focused on rekindling every cast role, which can lead to a movie feeling like a remake. Nevertheless, it would have been great to see Omri Katz come back as Max Dennison, especially knowing he wanted to be involved.

There was definitely a ton of Easter Eggs to the original which was really nice to see. The black cat returns, but it obviously isn’t Binx. The return of Billy Butcherson, played by Doug Jones, was a highlight of the film. The chemistry between Jones and Sam Richardson, who plays Gilbert, was great for the film.

Speaking of Gilbert, his origin story is a great little detail added to this film and he was often involved in a lot of comedic parts, whether it be with the Sanderson Sisters or the newer members of the cast such as Becca, Cassie Traske, who is played by Lilia Buckingham, and Izzy, who is played by Belissa Escobedo.

As mentioned before, a deeper focus on the newer members would have been nice, but Anne Fletcher, the director, does a quality job of making sure that the witches were the sight to see and that they were the main attraction. It was awesome seeing the comedy and them trying to acclimate to the modern era, similar to the 1993 version.

Overall, it was very entertaining. It isn’t as great as the original, but this is a family-friendly movie that will get one prepared for spooky season. It was a watch that seemed quicker than the length of the movie and it didn’t overstay its welcome.