All generations can enjoy Hocus Pocus 2 without feeling lost in the story or uncomfortable with the characters. It appeals to viewers of all ages because of the engaging narrative and topical humour included in the show. Younger viewers may be confused by some of the references, however.
Everything that younger viewers don’t get but which older audiences might appreciate more will be covered. Things that only mature viewers will pick up on in “Hocus Pocus 2”
Hocus Pocus 2 Spots That Only Grown-Ups Observe
This Time, It’s a Veep Get-together
Although it’s a shame that original cast members Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, and Thora Birch didn’t return for “Hocus Pocus 2,” the new ensemble does an excellent job of stepping into the shoes of their predecessors and holding their own. Sam Richardson, who plays Gilbert, the owner of the Magic Shoppe and a huge fan of the Sanderson sisters, and Tony Hale, who plays both Reverend Traske in the 17th century and his modern-day descendent Mayor Traske, are two newcomers to Salem.
Both actors performed alongside Kathy Najimy on the HBO comedy “Veep,” which may be a fun fact for some parents to share with their children even if the kids found them hilariously ridiculous in the film.
The filthy political satire about the US Vice President received rave reviews, but it’s unlikely that any of those critics were children because of the very adult speech and boring (to a child) subject matter.
Gilbert’s Not a Virgin
In the first “Hocus Pocus,” it is established that only a virgin may resurrect the Sanderson family by lighting the black flame candle. Gilbert’s explanation that there can be more than one candle is what allows the Sandersons to return to Salem in “Hocus Pocus 2,” since he simply fashioned another candle.
Becca, Izzy, and Cassie have been celebrating her birthday with an annual ceremony in the forbidden wood since she was five years old. Almost everyone they meet in the film makes reference to this phenomenon.
Gilbert is one of those folks; he presents them a candle he crafted especially for Becca’s birthday, and he infused it with a little extra magic to make it extra memorable. In reality, it is a candle with a hidden black flame. Becca and Izzy can’t return the witches when they light it because they are virgins.
Gilbert is confronted by the two, who demand to know why he didn’t just light it himself. When he explains to the females that it wouldn’t have worked, they react with surprise, then understanding, and finally disgust. Though younger viewers may miss the subtle references made through this scene’s reliance on facial expressions, older viewers, such as siblings and parents, are likely to enjoy the joke.
Attempting to Appeal to a Younger Audience
Like the first film, “Hocus Pocus 2” is a film that all members of the family can enjoy together. Adult fans of the original film may feel that some of the film’s rougher edges have been smoothed over, creating for a viewing experience that caters slightly more to children than the original film did.
If the original’s Ice and Jay were the ignorant, juvenile bullies, then Mike (Froy Gutierrez) is probably the worst offender. The difference is that Max and his small sister might actually be in danger from Jay and Ice. Contrarily, Mike is an oafish idiot who has no idea that he is being bullying.
To the point where even the Sandersons, who once pretended to eat a baby’s face, now come off as kind and approachable, even the infamous family name has changed. True, they’re aiming for something horrifying, but they seem to have amped up their attitudes and performances since we last saw them. Also, there is a lot less explicit sexual content and innuendo in the picture, which may make it less engaging for older audiences.
The original “Hocus Pocus” is great, although it could have used a more diverse cast. Perhaps this is a fair representation of the populace of Salem at the time, but in a movie about witches who need the souls of children to stay alive (and which also has a talking cat and a zombie), historical truth isn’t the most pressing plot concern. Instead, this is probably the outcome of how people were hired back in the 1990s.
The fact that the film’s two lead characters are not white immediately signals the film’s commitment to diversity. And as the plot develops, the movie makes an effort to include a wider range of characters living in Salem. Different types of people, such as the drag queens that entered the costume contest, can be seen everywhere.
The best aspect is that it’s accepted as normal and natural. The film never pauses the action to emphasise its progressiveness; rather, it lets these characters be themselves while centering its attention on the story at hand and the ways in which they play a role in it.
Too Many Convenient Plot Twists
Winifred’s favourite child, Billie Butcherson, is one of the original “Hocus Pocus” cast members who returns.
The Sandersons need the lover’s head to complete the ritual that will make them the most powerful coven in history, which is why he’s returned. While they look for Traske, they give Gilbert the job of gathering supplies. He begins his search for Butcherson in the local cemetery, lamenting that the task of exhuming a body will consume the entirety of the night.
Billie isn’t dead, and he’s just two or three feet deep, much to his surprise. Billie claims that he has been alive for the past 29 years since no one put him back to sleep when he was awakened.
That’s a clever way to keep things going, but the mental pictures it provokes are deeply unsettling: For nearly 30 years, Billie has been lying in a coffin while being fully alert. He has remained there throughout the years of Salem’s existence, unable to leave because of his full isolation. That’s very scary when you give it some thought.