A wonderfully faithful and charming adaptation of the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Nicolas Roeg’s “The Witches” manages to take all the great elements of the elegant novel and turn them into an equally satisfying movie. Anjelica Huston is perfectly cast as the Grand High Witch, and she seems to be having the time of her life camping it up. In addition, the movie is often downright scary, which makes the experience feel surprisingly potent and engaging. There’s a real sense of poignancy and danger that accompanies the entire movie, and the whole thing is a tense, funny, grotesque and delightful way to spend ninety minutes.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)