Online review: THE GOOD WITCH’S CHARM (2012)

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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:

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 [2016] and TV show ARMY WIVES [2007 – 2013]), Chris Potter (THE PACIFIER [2005] and TV show X-MEN [1992 – 1997]), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Peter MacNeill (OPEN RANGE [2003], A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE [2005], and the upcoming AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS [2018]), and Catherine Disher (TV show X-MEN and video game RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS [1999]). In support, we have Noah Cappe (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Janet-Laine Green (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Matthew Knight (SKINWALKERS [2006]), Geordie Johnson (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), and Genevieve Kang (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 Kathy Weinkauf, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of.

This is my honest opinion of: THE GOOD WITCH’S CHARM

 

(SUMMARY)

Newly elected Mayor Cassie Russell (Catherine Bell) has quite possibly bitten off more than can chew, what with their new responsibilities as mayor, her infant daughter Grace needing constant attention, and to make matters even more complicated, Cassie’s foster mother Doris (Janet-Laine Green) has paid her a visit and giving her a hard time and has come under scrutiny for a strange video of her disappearing on camera and everyone online is wondering how. Simultaneously, there is a string of robberies around town and Chief Jake Russell (Chris Potter) can’t seem to figure out who it is.

(REVIEW)

Hmm, it’s not the worst of the series, as I think these movies are finally unafraid to make Cassie frown and feel something other than pure, unbridled bliss, but it’s not my favorite.

The primary reason is that I can see why this series eventually decided to go the episodic route. Half of the problems here feel like they’re straight out of an episode from the show, and feel just as pointless. Remember how in GIFT that George is complaining that no one seems to have any time to hang out with him? Well, this time, he’s complaining that he’s old. That’s all this character is written to do: complain. Look, facing one’s mortality can be a downright traumatic thing. I myself have a paralyzing fear of death. I literally lose sleep if I think about it too much. But get me out of bed and get on with my normal everyday life, I’m a pretty functional, not-entirely-useless dude. But again, I have to ask, why is George so deeply affected by his age now? Because his friend died? A friend he hadn’t spoken to in who knows how long? Hey, I’ve got a friend too. I love him like a brother and I wouldn’t know what my life would be like without him and I don’t want to know. If he died, that’s a reality I don’t want to face. With that said, the source of my depression isn’t death. It’s the death of a friend. Maybe my own mortality would be something to face, but it’s more of the hole in my soul that will never truly mend. It’s not like we know how good of a friend this guy was to George. He doesn’t talk about him at all. Only that he existed. Cool, but… I’m not roped into the emotions.

And I am deeply disturbed by the controversy surrounding Cassie on that Youtube clip. I get what the hubbub is supposed to imply. She’s on screen one second, then disappears. Thing is, even though it’s later explained to be a reflection of light from a mirror hitting the camera at just the right time, you can clearly tell that it’s a poorly done digital effect. And yet, everyone in this universe is absolutely flabbergasted, one commenter even calling Cassie a witch. And I love Martha’s (Catherine Disher) reaction to the comments, claiming that they’re vile and insulting, even though none of them actually have any inherently negative connotations to them. Usually when Martha overreacts to something, the characters surrounding her usually give a look of, “oh man, she’s at it again,” seeing right through her crap. But in this, they actually believe her. Seriously, these comments are nothing worse than, “How did she do that?” Clearly, this script is written by someone who has never been on a message board before. Comments on Youtube would be screaming for the hot new mayor to take her clothes off, gross sexual comments, among many other things that would be considerably more repulsive than what Martha reads. Technically, her own comment is that Cassie is making Middleton look like a joke, but my criticism stands.

There are only a few things about this one that I enjoy. First of all, I do kind of enjoy the relationship between George and Gwen (Elizabeth Lennie). When George isn’t being a miserable butt-wipe, I do enjoy their chemistry as a couple. She’s lovely and charismatic enough. Though I am wondering where the hell she went later on because she’s not in the TV show, as far as I remember. And although I found the romance between Doris and Henry (Johnson) to be utterly contrived, I do like how her relationship with Cassie is resolved, providing legitimate heart to the ending.

Oh, and Martha isn’t quite as annoying as she could be in this movie. That’s a bonus.

Overall, yeah, it’s pretty summed up when I say that it’s not my favorite, not anywhere near the best, but… it has some decent moments.

My honest rating for THE GOOD WITCH’S CHARM: 3/5

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