What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing?

After 29 years, fans of the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” (1993) finally got a sequel. Aside from expanding the mythology and adding new characters that are certain to become beloved members of the “Hocus Pocus” family, the sequel presents an entirely new story that more than lives up to expectations.

Now, the scheming Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, reprising their roles from the first film) aren’t content with just staying young; they want to become supreme magical creatures, immortal witches who can rule over all of Salem and eventually the world.

Here is what makes Hocus Pocus 2 worth seeing.

What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing?

  • The Book Itself is a Persona

The original plot of “Hocus Pocus” revolved around hiding Winifred’s spellbook from her so she wouldn’t be able to make a potion to drink children’s souls. The book itself was an entertaining prop with a touch of character, but it was more like a much-loved pet than a fully realised protagonist.

What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing

Compared to the first novel, “Hocus Pocus 2” features even more independent characters and narrative drive. When little Winifred opens the book to read about the Magicae Maxima, it slams shut, refusing to let her see it. When Winifred is revived in 2022, the same thing happens again. Then there’s the part where Becca’s surrounded by copies of the book and has to find the original. The book starts sweating and shaking as she draws nearer.

The climax occurs when Becca becomes the book’s focus. It may have initially chosen Winifred as a companion, but when she proves to be too risky, it wisely opts for a less frivolous, more reliable partner. Because of this metaphor, the setting of “Hocus Pocus” is more interesting and realistic.

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  • An Expansion of Mythology

This time around, viewers discover that a witch’s powers typically begin to emerge about the time she becomes sixteen. They also witness the moment when the book ultimately decides on Winifred, and they find out that there can be more than one black flame candle.

However, Hannah Waddingham’s Witch Mother is probably the most intriguing new character. She only appears in the prologue, but she fills us in on how the woods near Salem are where the magic is the strongest, how magic unites disparate elements, and how her very existence hints at a wider universe of witches than just those seen in the “Hocus Pocus” movies.

What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing

Furthermore, the unanswered question of why she was in bird form and following Becca alludes to the potential for further narrative development.

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  • Witches are Back

You may analyse every flaw in a film, but what matters is how it makes you feel as a whole. It’s difficult to dislike “Hocus Pocus 2” because of the positive impression it leaves on viewers.

For the first time in 29 years, it’s wonderful to see the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, hard at work. Despite the fact that they no longer pose a significant threat, their chemistry is undeniable.

The chemistry between Midler, Najimy, and Sarah Jessica-Parker is so strong that at moments it is easy to imagine that they only finished filming the first “Hocus Pocus” a few months ago and immediately began production on the sequel. The performers and staff have done a fantastic job of making sure these sisters haven’t missed a beat.

It would be great if it didn’t take another 29 years to catch up with the sisters. There is another black flame candle in Gilbert’s collection.

What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing

  • Mayor Traske, Played by Tony Hale

Mayor Traske, played by the charming and naive Tony Hale, is a delight to watch even if he doesn’t receive his candy apple. Former “Arrested Development” actor Michael Cera gives Traske an air of naivety that manages to make him seem regular and exceptional at the same time.

Hale is quite good at employing subtle expressions to give depth, such as the sparkle in his eyes whenever he sees Becca and Izzy or the dance he does whenever it’s Becca’s birthday. Even though it’s obvious that Traske doesn’t realise that one of his daughter’s best friends is no longer five years old, he’s so pumped that he makes the joke work. The same thing happens to his expression when he learns that his daughter has a mascara emergency.

The picture would have suffered had Hale gone the other way with the character, but he avoids making him into a tyrant like his ancestor Reverend Traske.

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  • Fully Independent Behaviour of Roombas

The directors deserve praise for establishing a preposterous plot convenience that pays off spectacularly. After deciding they need to get around town, the sisters each settle on a unique method of doing it.

What Makes Hocus Pocus 2 Worth Seeing

There’s a broom for Winifred, a Swiffer for Sarah, and two Roombas for Mary to use while they clean (similar to the broom, mop, and vacuum in the original). However, she finds it difficult to maintain her balance because Roombas seem to have “a mind of their own.”

The Roombas later attempt to mop up a spilt popcorn during the Halloween party. Sarah comes by and sings out, “They have a mind of their own,” in a lighthearted manner. When you think the running gag can’t get much worse, the sisters get caught in a salt haze with no one to rescue them. Our beloved Roomba vacuums.

In the end, the joke is completely absurd, but it succeeds because of the way it is built up.

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