Every time I watch a remake, I all the time take the prospect to understand the movie as its personal film, separate from the unique. HBO Max’s remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is simply completely different sufficient from the Anjelica Huston-led 1990 movie to face out, however the two bear the foundational similarities sufficient to each be thought of classics in their very own proper. There are solely two actually massive variations between the 2 which might be price noting: the 2020 remake is decidedly much less scary than its predecessor and it has a special ending than the primary movie. As a substitute, the Anne Hathaway model pulls from the ebook’s authentic ending to tie its adventures up in a neat bow. Maintain studying for what that ending is and all the opposite methods the remake differs from the unique.
The Witches Look Totally different
It is secure to say that the witches within the 2020 remake aren’t as horrifically terrifying because the 1990 witches. I am unsure if it is simply additional proof that creators of the ’90s have been actually smitten by traumatizing their audiences, however most individuals bear in mind being shaken to their core when the Huston’s coven of depraved ladies peeled off their masks to disclose their grotesque visages. Within the 2020 model, the witches’ faces primarily keep the identical, although their mouths widen to Joker-esque lengths to disclose small sharp enamel. Hathaway manages to make it look extremely creepy, however I might undoubtedly relatively run into the trendy Grand Excessive Witch than the sooner model. No contest!
The Story Takes Place in Alabama
Octavia Spencer’s model of the smart and crafty Grandma hails from Alabama, not Norway. When she tells her grandson about her historical past with the witches, the Grand Excessive Witch turns her finest good friend into a big hen, and relatively than showing in a portray as she ages and dies, her good friend merely lived on as a household hen that laid scrumptious eggs. (And was most likely eaten sooner or later, however the film by no means goes that far into trauma territory.)
The Ending Is Utterly Totally different
The 1990 model of the movie ended with all of the witch mice getting killed by the friends, even the Grand Excessive Witch. Bruno and the boy are turned again into people by the disgruntled ex-second-in-command of the Grand Excessive Witch, they usually stay fortunately ever after! The 2020 remake takes a observe from the ebook’s ending as an alternative, with a twist. Bruno, the boy, and Daisy (a human named Mary who was became a mouse by the witches 4 months earlier than the occasions of the movie) go house with Grandma and stay the remainder of their days as mice — which is simply thrice longer than the common mouse, so about 9 years. On the finish of the movie, we see an older mouse, with the voice of the movie’s narrator Chris Rock, who has been working along with his grandmother to recruit kids and take down all of the witches in the USA. After which they stay fortunately ever after! Till they die, in fact.