My History With the Film:
I first watched The Craft back in the 1990’s and loved it. It’s a film I’ve revisited several times over the years and have always enjoyed. When I heard about a sequel/re-make coming out, I knew I had to see it. I wanted to support this potential growing franchise.
Upon release, The Craft Legacy suffered from some pretty terrible reviews. I decided to allow a few months to pass before I sat down to watch this film and I gotta say, the reviews were right. I stopped the film after thirty minutes with no intention of finishing it up. A week later, I decided that my love of the first film was enough for me to see how this film played out. I probably should have just stopped at the thirty minute mark.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young girl who has natural Wiccan abilities meets a group of girls interested in the craft.
Things I Liked About It:
-I thought the film did a good job of telling its own story and then tying it loosely into the original film. There are a few forced throwbacks, but I don’t get to upset over those types of things. I like a little fan service.
-The performances by Lily (Cailee Spaeny) and her mother Helen (Michelle Monaghan) were by far the best in the entire film. David Duchovny seemed bored to be there.
-The first twenty minutes of the film are very strong and interesting, but then slowly the film begins to go downhill and it ends in a fiery crash of disappointment. The final scene is fun, but I’m not sure it’s worth making it to the end to see it.
Things I Didn’t Like About It:
-In the first movie, all four of the leading girls were memorable and different. In this film, they all blend together. Our main character Lily, played by Cailee Spaeny had a different haircut and attitude, which made her stand out, but I couldn’t tell you the names of the other girls or any distinguishable characteristics. Sloppy character development really hindered the belief that these girls were a strong coven when you can’t tell them apart.
-This movie was not made for someone my age and arguably even gender. I recognize that and I’m okay with it. However, I will warn viewers going into this film that it’s very “woke”.
I wanted to love The Craft: Legacy, since the original film is one of my favorite films from the 1990’s, but sadly this film is pretty bad. The filmmaker spent a lot of time making sure the Wicca was as accurate as possible, but should have spent more time on the script and story. It’s hard to find likeable characters amongst the cast and the chemistry just wasn’t there. The use of CGI soured the magical scenes and by the end of the film I was just ready for it to all be over. It’s the most disappointed I’ve been in quite some time.
I’d rate The Craft Legacy a one out of five and say skip it.