A witch once cast a spell on Judge David Johnson. For three weeks he thought he was a tuna-melt. True story.
Twice the magic, twice the fun.
As previously seen on the Disney Channel, this is the second entry in the Twitches saga, which is apparently based on a series of books. This sequel re-teams Tia and Tamara Mowry as the headlining witches, out to save the kingdom with their dark arts.
Facts of the Case
When we last left the Twitches (that would be "Twin Witches" I'm thinking), Alex (Tia) and Camryn (Tamera) they had saved the magical kingdom of Coventry the first time when they defeated the evil Thantos (Patrick Fabian). And from what I can infer from the sequel, apparently the twins didn't know anything about each other and their wild adventures brought them together and now here they are back again, sorting through personality differences and competing over boys.
But larger problems lie ahead, when rumor has it that Thantos is back, not totally dead and barely clinging to life in the Shadowlands and these two magical princesses are going to have utilize their underdeveloped spell-casting abilities and face down the ultimate evil again.
This stuff sure sounds familiar, huh? A dark lord of evil defeated and clinging to life as an incorporeal spirit? Wiseass adolescents learning after-school special life lessons while struggling to hone their witchcraft? A magical castle with talking statues and other assorted weirdness? Awkward teen romances? Yes Twitches is a knock-off of Harry Potter, but whatever, that's fish-in-a-barrel-criticism. It's not as if this film is new in that regard. Still, you have to deduct a few points for the lack of originality.
But let's move on and try to evaluate this as its own film. Obviously aimed at the young, pre-teen crowd, Twitches Too is corny and lightweight but appropriate for its audience and actually a touch more clever that I expected. While the story is a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas, the writing itself isn't too bad. The super-cheesy moments are scaled back, thankfully, leaving the actors with some half-decent wit to work with. This goodwill is nearly jeopardized at the very end when our two young witches look down a chasm after the Final Bad Guy Fight and actually put an L on their foreheads with their fingers and say "loser." Which decade are we in again?
The characters are likable enough and the titular witches, hammed up by Tia and Tamara, aren't annoying. They do a lot of zany gesticulations and whip out a number of goody facial expressions, but it's their thing, and not unlike the shtick they laid out in Sister, Sister, a show that hated me but apparently appealed to a different demographic. I think that demographic is the same for this film, and they—whoever they may be—will get a kick out it. Patrick Fabian is the villain and shows up for like 10 minutes at the end. He's not a very sinister attempted murderer and his wardrobe is like something you'd fine in a dollar store Halloween costume aisle and I don't get the eye-liner but he talks a good game and knows how to sneer.
Basically, Twitches Too is what exactly like it feels like: a made-for-TV Disney movie, laden with mid-level visual effects, harmless humor, dopey love triangles and blunt moral lessons, but it's moderately engaging script and goofy, charismatic leads will appeal to kiddos.
Technical quality is to be expected: a full-frame transfer and a 5.1 digital surround, both of which are perfectly suitable for the release. A brief making-of featurette and an alternate scene that actually seemed fairly pivotal in the overall storyline are it for extras.
There are much worse things your child could be watching.
I don't know, not guilty I guess.
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