An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
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To be honest I wasn’t going to review Hocus Pocus or Hocus Pocus 2 until I heard about that Texas mother who said Hocus Pocus 2 will “unleash hell”. If watching a ‘horror’ movie that a parent tells you is dangerous isn’t the spirit of Halloween, I don’t know what is. So here we are.
Today we’re looking at Disney’s 2022 sequel Hocus Pocus 2
Hocus Pocus 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Hocus Pocus which debuted in 1993, you can read our review of the original here. Hocus Pocus (1993) Explained
29 years after the Sanderson sisters died for a second time, they are accidentally revived once again and set out to become the most powerful witches to ever live.
Is it Scary?
Hocus Pocus 2 is pretty good. I wouldn’t call it a step down from Hocus Pocus since I feel it does a few things better than it. The humor in Hocus Pocus 2 was definitely better here and there were more sight gags in this one than the previous.
The relationship between the different sets of characters feel under-explored with some and over-explored with others. Basically you’ll find side-characters who feel more real than some of the main characters. There were also plot points that if explored would have made the film better, in my opinion.
The movie does suffer a bit from what appears to be Disney’s attempt to lay the seeds for future sequels and/or spin-offs.
Overall I recommend watching Hocus Pocus 2 especially if you liked Hocus Pocus, it does a good job of being a sequel that provides a fitting conclusion. It was entertaining, funny at times, and just the right length, but it does suffer from under-characterization of most of the cast.