To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!
“The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.”
Practical Magic is a movie I always find myself watching as soon as October rolls around, the leaves start changing color, and every one begins to decorate for Halloween. Although the movie does not specifically take place on or during Halloween, it is, however, a story of sisters who happen to be witches. And, honestly, can you get any more spooky and Halloween-y than that? Practical Magic follows the Owens sisters, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian or Gilly (Nicole Kidman), as they lose their mother as a result of the “Owens Curse,” grow up with not so friendly neighbors, and then eventually fall in love and make their own family. When I was younger, I was always drawn to Practical Magic for the magical elements. While magic may not be as prominent, as say Harry Potter, it still has a charming, humorous, and even serious effect on the story. Growing up, I often found myself wanting to be like both Owens sisters combined. I wanted Sally’s practicality and logic, but at the same time I wanted Gilly’s dauntlessness and free-spirit. Not to mention, it made me want a sister even more then I already did!
There is something for everyone in Practical Magic. There’s magic, love stories, action, drama, suspense, and so much more! While there are more serious scenes sprinkled throughout the movie, there were some light scenes that made the movie so much better. The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman made the camaraderie between the Owens sisters so much more believable. Going even further, the chemistry between Stockard Channing and Diane Wiest, made the bond between sisters more prominent throughout the film. Practical Magic is about love and women standing up for what they believe in.
The film is loosely based off of a novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman! The book is just as sweet, charming, and magical as the movie adaptation!
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