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?
Almost done. Only two more to go.
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 ), Noah Cappe (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Elizabeth Lennie (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Robin Dunne (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), and Ashley Leggat (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 Annie Young Frisbie, known for something I’ve never heard of or seen. Composing the score is probably Jack Lenz, known for 34 episodes of GOOSEBUMPS (1995 – 1998). The cinematographer is John Berrie, known for stuff I’ve never heard of or seen. 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 DESTINY
Cassie Russell’s (Catherine Bell) birthday is fast approaching, but her days leading up to it are anything but exciting. After attempting to help Martha (Catherine Disher) to combat an odor that plagues her own store, and the estranged and engaged son of George’s (Peter MacNeill) new wife Gwen (Elizabeth Lennie), named Drew (Robin Dunne), both resulting in making things worse for them. To make matters worse, Brandon (Matthew Knight) and his girlfriend Tara (Ashley Leggat) come to visit, but are inadvertently inspired by Cassie to elope against Jake’s (Chris Potter) advisement. As the family becomes increasingly divided, Lori (Hannah Endicott-Douglas) thinks it might have to do with a curse that Cassie’s ancestor, The Grey Lady, had resulting in her disappearing on her birthday, which is coincidentally the same as Cassie’s.
Holy God, I was kidding about the Star Trek thing!
For those of you who have not read my previous reviews of the previous Good Witch movies, in my review for GOOD WITCH’S FAMILY, I stated that watching these movies was like watching the Star Trek movies, in that for whatever reason, the odd numbered Star Trek movies have been widely disliked, whereas the even numbered ones are widely beloved. These Good Witch movies have been much the same way. For whatever reason, I’ve (relatively speaking) enjoyed the even numbered movies, and have disliked, or otherwise didn’t share the same level of investment as, the odd numbered ones.
Anyway, yeah, I kinda like this one. It’s not my favorite, but it’s one of the better ones. And why do I say that? Because I think Cassie has frowned more here than she ever has in this entire franchise. Cassie gets an emotional beatdown unlike anything that even the better movies have offered. In fact, I might even argue that this is the closest to an actual movie. We’re now finally getting to see the ramifications of her help; that sometimes, helping someone isn’t really helping them. Granted, most of the problems that plague Martha and Drew are because they’re dumb, irresponsible dipsticks, but it’s nice to see conflict having such a negative impact on Cassie this time around. Martha practically shuts down the Bell Book and Candle, Drew makes enraged public outbursts, even Jake can barely look her in the eye. I still wish that she’d have less of that nauseating optimism that she might as well have invented (seriously, anyone that says Rey from the more recent Star Wars movies is a Mary Sue has not seen any of the Good Witch movies), but if she spends half the movie frowning as opposed to smiling, I’ll give credit where credit it due.
The only real problems that I have with the movie are that the emotional beatdowns are a result of bratty characters. Okay, so Martha’s shop is polluted with a smell from an adjacent store. Cassie offers to help by giving her an incense… whatever that thing is, but it’s supposed to make the air smell better. But the reason why it’s made worse is because Martha put in three of Cassie’s special doohickies into the lantern thing, instead of the prescribed one. So now she’s complaining because of something she did to herself. This is never admitted later on by the way, but is still resolved fancy free. And Drew loses an important page of a document of his inside a magician’s briefcase, a fact that he knew about, inside a hidden sleeve, and blames Cassie for his irresponsibility. It’s a magician’s briefcase, why wouldn’t it have secret compartments? As someone who used to do magic before becoming a big-deal-business dude, he should have been aware of that. He was not, so he blamed someone else.
Also, I don’t know where the “Destiny” portion of the title comes from. Her ancestor disappeared on her birthday, and… Cassie was “destined” to disappear too? I don’t get it. I mean, she disappears for a whole… what, five minutes? Maybe less. Lots of build up for a big ole conflict that’s resolved about as fast as it’s introduced to the story.
Overall, it’s still a mixed bag, but any one of these that decides to push Cassie out of her borderline-medicated happy bubble of happiness is doing something right.
My honest rating for THE GOOD WITCH’S DESTINY: a strong 3/5