Is ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ worth 29-year wait?


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Eric Lockwood, Staff Columnist

The first “Hocus Pocus” doesn’t top my list of all time favorite movies, but I still find it enjoyable.

In fact, I like it enough that I was excited to check out the sequel.

“Hocus Pocus 2” was released on Disney+ on Sept. 30, just in time for the beginning of Halloween month.

After watching “Hocus Pocus 2,” I can say that I enjoyed it.

The movie does often rely on nostalgia, which, as I discussed in a previous review, I’m generally not the biggest fan of.

Characters from the original movie return, most notably the three witches, the Sanderson Sisters.

However, they have good reason to be in the movie— they aren’t just meaningless cameos.

After all, you simply can’t have a Hocus Pocus movie without the Sanderson sisters.

The nostalgic parts that bother me the most are the lines, jokes, and plot points repeated from the first movie.

On the other hand, there are many fresh and updated jokes made possible from the modern-day setting that weren’t possible nearly 30 years ago.

For example, one of the witches flies around town with a Roomba under each foot because she can’t find a broom.

For me, the setting and resulting jokes make the sequel stand apart from the original.

While I enjoy the present-day setting, I also enjoy the opening 10 minutes of the movie, which take place in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts.

It’s nice to see some of the Sanderson Sisters’ origin, and the actors who play the younger versions do an excellent job capturing the mannerisms of the witches.

This sequence almost makes me wish the entire movie was a prequel instead of a sequel.

Despite this, I still enjoyed “Hocus Pocus 2.” It’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the original or if you’re looking for a Halloween movie that’s fun for the whole family.