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 Sarah Power (stuff I’ve never heard of or seen), 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 G. Ross Parker and Rod Spence, known for pretty much just the Good Witch movies. Composing the score is probably Jack Lenz, as I don’t see any credited composer either on IMDb or in the movie, but he’s known for 34 episodes of GOOSEBUMPS (1995 – 1998). The cinematographer is John Berrie, known for stuff that I haven’t seen or heard of. Finally, the editor is Dona Noga, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of.
This is my honest opinion of: THE GOOD WITCH’S FAMILY
As Mayor Tom Tinsdale’s (Paul Miller) term as mayor of Middleton comes to an end, he wants to leave behind a legacy that will last for years by rebuilding a bridge that will connect the town to its neighboring cities. However, there is opposition lead by the mayor’s very own wife, Martha (Catherine Disher), and it is decided that the next running mayor will be none other than Cassie Russell (Catherine Bell), with advisement from Martha. All of this comes at an interesting time when Lori (Hannah Endicott-Douglas) discovers that Cassie has a distant cousin, a mischievous young woman named Abigail Pershing (Sarah Power), who upon arrival, starts causing some changes that may or may not be in everyone’s best interests.
I hate to say it, but I might have found my favorite of the Good Witch movies so far. I know, right? What do you know about that?
For one thing, it’s because there’s a lot more conflict this go around, or at least there’s more tension from the main characters. And believe it or not, Cassie drops that smile of hers more than a couple of times! I know! I never thought I’d live to see it either! That smile drops because Lori’s got a crush on Brandon’s friend and music partner Wes (Rhys Ward), who are collaborating so Brandon can get into a college for music. But because Wes is distracted, Brandon can’t progress, which gets him mad at Lori, who gets mad at him in turn. We’ve never seen these two lash out at each other like this before, and when Cassie is expected to take a side their squabble, seemingly taking Brandon’s, she yells at her and Cassie frowns for the next couple scenes. Ugh, it’s glorious.
But by far the best part of this movie, which is arguably the best part of the show, is Abigail. She takes that nauseating smile of Cassie’s and takes it to a nefarious level. I absolutely love how you never really know what she’s up to, what’s going on in her mind, or really how she feels about or perceives anything. But Power is such a charismatic actress that every time she’s on screen, I’m always curious as to what her character is going to do next. One minute, she seems to genuinely care about the Russells and is simply lending a different kind of hand than Cassie would offer, but when things go wrong for them, she just curls that devilish smile of hers, and I can’t help but get a gloriously happy icky feeling. Abigail brings a whole new dynamic to the franchise, and it’s such a crying shame that she doesn’t make a reappearance until the TV show four years later. But thank God she’s a recurring character, otherwise I’d lose it. Far and away, Abigail is my favorite character in the series, and Power is by far the most engaging actor. Get a big break already, Power! I’d love to see you on the big screen!
And you wanna know what makes this movie the absolute best so far? I’m going to say it, but you’re going to think it’s a typo. But I assure you, it isn’t. You ready for this? Because here is comes. MARTHA IS NOT ANNOYING IN THIS MOVIE!!! I’m obviously grading on a scale here, but she barely ever screeches. She happily helps Cassie run for mayor, despite not being in the running herself, is having marital problems with her husband, being opposed to the construction of the bridge, we actually get some humanity out of her and, dare I say it… it’s sweet, sympathetic, and understandable.
Guys, I might as well stop here with the Good Witch movies because I really don’t think they’re getting any better than this one. So far for me, the viewing has been oddly checkered and has been what the Star Trek movies have been described as: the odd numbered films are the worst, whereas the even numbered ones are the best. So far, that’s the Good Witch movies. The first and third ones are not that good to me, but both this one and the second movie seem to have the most conflict and happen to be my favorites so far, though I do use “favorite” to describe the second one pretty loosely. In any case, I’m curious to see how the next one will fare if this Star Trek comparison is on the level. We shall see.
My honest rating for THE GOOD WITCH’S FAMILY: 4/5