Our Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

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Our Spoiler-Free Review of 'Hocus Pocus 2'

Disney+ Subscribers can now enjoy the long awaited sequel to the cult classic ‘Hocus Pocus’. Though the sequel was a fun call back filled with references and nods to the original 1993 movie, the focus of the film was scattered and some scenes felt forced for length or marketability rather than tuned in to a plot point.

Related: Hocus Pocus 2 Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Out Now

The return of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters was exciting to see for fans who have grown up watching ‘Hocus Pocus’ year after year, and playing a bit more on the advancement of society and technology over the last 29 years was fun, but did slow the pace of the film after the dramatic and energetic entrance by the sister.

Our new primary characters Becca (Whitney Peak), Izzy (Belissa Escobedo), Cassie (Lilia Buckingham), Gilbert (Sam Richardson), and Mr. Traske (Tony Hale) paired well with the original crew, while also standing out with their own sub plots. Hale provided good comical relief to the story, while the girls work through the trails and tribulations of teenage friendship, and Gilbert has his loyalties questions while on a misadventure with fan-favorite call back William “Billy” Butcherson.

Related: Hocus Pocus 2 is on the cover of the fall D23 Magazine!

We would have loved to see more of the original cast return, but overall, the film was a fun adventure despite some pacing issues, and though it may not stand the test of time like the original, we did enjoy it and will be adding it to our annual Halloween movie playlist.

What did you think of the sequel? Did you enjoy the references and call backs? Did you notice any plot holes or curious additions that felt out of place? What were some of your favorite moments? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and company for updates and all things Disney+!


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