Movie review: The Witches-a scary black comedy

 Witches are real and they are everywhere! Reviewed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

Full review see Witches (ACCM)

Rated M ‧ 2020 ‧ Comedy/Fantasy ‧ 1h 46m

Now showing in select cinemas. Check your local guides.

Hero Boy The WitchesAt A Glance

The Witches (2020) is a black comedy but this version is more like a horror movie. The Grand High Witch is very frightening and much scarier than previous versions. The movie shows characters with deformed hands and feet which is quite insensitive to people who might suffer with these disabilities. The book was written as a children’s story but this movie is more targeted at teens and adults. It is therefore not recommended for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 13 – 15.

The main messages from this movie are that good overcomes evil and that we are stronger as a team than individually.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Cooperation
  • Courage and bravery
  • Selflessness.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • that people with deformities are not scary and dangerous but are just as normal as everyone else.