Due to a severe case of boredom, I’ve decided to give myself a project. After watching the first season of the TV show GOOD WITCH, and seeing it as a guilty pleasure, I’ve decided to catch myself up on the stories that lead up to the show and watch the TV movies:
- THE GOOD WITCH (2008)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S GARDEN (2009)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT (2010)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S FAMILY (2011)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S CHARM (2012)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S DESTINY (2013)
- and THE GOOD WITCH’S WONDER (2014)
There’s a lot of sap and schmaltz to get through, so let’s get under way, shall we?
Here’s the cast. Starring we have Catherine Bell (THE DO-OVER  and TV show ARMY WIVES [2007 – 2013]), Chris Potter (THE PACIFIER  and TV show X-MEN [1992 – 1997]), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Matthew Knight (SKINWALKERS ), and Catherine Disher (TV show X-MEN and video game RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS ). In support, we have Peter MacNeill (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE , SIMON BIRCH , and the upcoming AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS ), Paula Boudreau (stuff I’ve never heard of or seen), Jesse Bostick (RACE ), and Noah Cappe (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Craig Pryce, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of. Penning the screenplay is Rob Spence, known for pretty much just the Good Witch movies. Composing the score is Jack Lenz, known for 34 episodes of GOOSEBUMPS (1995 – 1998). The cinematographer is Gerald Packer, known for 4 episodes of WYNONNA EARP (2016 – ongoing). Finally, the editor is George Roulston, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of.
This is my honest opinion of: THE GOOD WITCH
Set in the small town of Middleton. Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale (Catherine Bell) is new in town and has taken up residence in Grey House, thought to be abandoned and kids believe to be haunted. However, she quickly makes a stir as the mysterious, yet helpful woman, with who sells all sorts of new age fragrances, concoctions, all in the comfort of her new store, Bells, Books, and Candles. She makes a particular impact on the local widower police chief, Jake Russell (Chris Potter), and his two kids, son Brandon (Matthew Knight), and daughter Lori (Hannah Edicott-Douglas), who thinks she might be a witch.
I expect most of the movies I’m about to review will look pretty much the same, so it’s likely that I’ll repeat this review with only the smallest details in differentiation. But here we go.
Much like the show, it’s corny, but weirdly engaging, and I have no earthly reason to be. Cassie just has no reaction to the bad things that are happening to her. She doesn’t ever get angry, or show any real sign of emotion other than calm and collected. But for God’s sake, I can’t help but be charmed by Bell. She’s just so… gah, infuriatingly lovely! There’s a weird class to the way to talks to everyone, a gentleness to her voice, a warmth in her eyes, for the love of @#$% this movie is manipulative! And I’m falling for it! My taste in TV and general storytelling it better than this! And yet… here I am! The romance between Cassie and Jake is pretty forced at the end, I think Cassie is made out to be more of a witch than it intended to as aggressive dogs don’t miraculously calm down when when stared down by a stranger, Martha is even worse in this movie than she is in the show (from what I’ve seen) and it’s not like many of the rest of the characters have a whole lot of depth to them
The only character given a real arc is Brandon, who initially wants to learn how to fight so Kyle (Jesse Bostick) will stop bullying him, but eventually gets him to come around and learns to make friends with him by understanding that his dad was a cruel parent and showed him sympathy. A good message with a good resolution.
I should probably grade on a scale as many would, objectively speaking, find this incredibly boring, but much like the show, it has its charm, as manipulative as it is. The acting is fine for what the actors are given, which isn’t much, but… yup, I’m interested enough to check out the next flick.
My honest rating for THE GOOD WITCH: 3/5