Its hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since “Hocus Pocus” came out of nowhere to become a family Halloween classic, it’s not hard to believe that in 2022 we’re getting a sequel.
But thanks to it’s trio of stars and a good supporting cast, it still works. For the most part.
The Sanderson sisters are back with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker all returning to their original roles, as they’re once again resurrected in modern day Salem, Massachusetts to run amok.
What is good is that all three of them brought their A-game and it shows. They seem to enjoy goofing it up so much that it’s contagious to the viewers. We also get some great child actors playing their younger versions and comedy staples Tony Hale and Sam Richardson doing some great supporting work. This is Disney, so all of the magical effects are top notch.
But, let’s be real. The comedy is cheesy. Ultra cheesy. And is powered by the three stars going “all in” on the silliness of the material. If you didn’t like the first one, you won’t like this one. If you don’t remember the first one, this film is exactly what it looks like. Director Anne Fletcher keeps the action going but efforts to insist on continuity does hinder the end a little bit.
In the end, Hocus Pocus 2 achieves what it sets out to do, and that is an amusing second visit of a story a lot of us grew up with and enjoyed.
Hocus Pocus 2
Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes