The Craft: Legacy premiered on 28th October 2020 on Video On Demand by Sony Pictures. Directed and written by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film is produced under the Blumhouse Productions banner and stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Michelle Monaghan, and David Duchovny alongside other cast members.
Your Powers Make You Different
The Craft: Legacy is a reboot of the 1996 film The Craft. As the film starts, we are introduced to Lily (Cailee Spaeny) and her mother Eunice (Michelle Monaghan) who are shifting to a new town where Eunice’s new love interest Adam (David Duchovny) resides with his three sons. Lily is a bit skeptical about the newness but she adjusts anyways for her mothers’ happiness. As soon as she enters her new school she encounters a mean classmate named Timmy who shames her on her first day.
It is here that she meets 3 girls Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Tabby (Lovie Simone), and Lourdes (Zoey Luna) who practice witchcraft and are looking for the fourth element – water and west. They become friends really quick and spend most of their days together practising spells – freezing time, floating in air, telepathy, and more. But things take a turn when they bound themselves from practising when something tragic happens and they find themselves responsible for the same. So the question that we are left with is, will they unite and face the evil?
There are a lot of good and engaging things about the film that’ll make you watch The Craft: Legacy. The film doesn’t stretch its idea of power realization within these 4 teenagers too far. It is on point and the overall vibe of the film is what makes this a good watch. However, this sometimes subjects the film to a lack of character growth. Overall, the film manages pretty well to keep you looking out for more!
The twists and turns are not crazy but some would rather come as a surprise to you. Other than everything that’s good and engaging about this film what causes a problem here is a lack of dramatic conflict which is rooted in the lack of character development. We don’t know the origin of their powers and that leads to deprivation of sympathy for the characters. The series of problems these new-found witches deal with are basic high-school things and crushes. This makes you wonder about the use of their powers in a difficult time.
The Craft: Legacy ends abruptly with the final sequence holding the power to be the selling point of the film. It is all done and dusted in a blink and it is one of those scenes where you would want more action and power-fueled drama but sadly, you don’t get that. With a strong bad guy and not-so-strong ending, the film loses its powers a bit.
Despite, its fair share of flaws, the four lead characters, aka The Witches, are loveable and worth-watching. Through these four girls, the makers have targeted different things like transgender folks (trans-Latina witch) and their power and a Black girl wanting to mix in with a want for more friends of the same race, etc. The film also tries to bring forth the topic of bisexuality but shuts it down way too soon.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! The Craft: Legacy is a good one-time watch if you don’t put much of your brains in the origin story. The film is well-executed with vine-covered houses, gothic and old-towns-y atmosphere, and inconsiderate high-school students. The film promises a good hour. Overall, The Craft: Legacy doesn’t blow up even though it had a scope of doing much better!
The Craft: Legacy is now available on Video On Demand.
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