movie review; practical magic; sandra bullock; nicole kidman; dianne weist; stockard channing; goran visnjic

Media Monday–Practical Magic

Rewatched this one on Netflix last week and remembered why it was one of those stories that I go back to time and again (Romancing the Stone, anyone <G>).  Bullock and Kidman’s chemistry, both together and when they’re apart, was fabulous, as was they storyline as a whole.  The plot centers around the two sisters, who are sent to live with their aunts when their parents die.  But there’s something very different about this family–they’re witches, cursed in love.  The first bit of the movie sets up all this, in addition to showing the viewer how uncomfortable the town is about them being what they are.  Then the real story of the two sisters begins, with Sally (Bullock) longing for a “normal” life and Gillian (Kidman) following the opposite, wild-child path.  Eventually Bullock finds her normal life, and Kidman revels in freedom, but they come together again when tragedy strikes, and again when Gillian bites off more than she can chew.

While Aidan Quinn was good in the role, someone like Bill Pullman would have been better as the “everyman” in my opinion (shades of While You Were Sleeping success).  Dianne Weist and Stockard Channing were FAB as the aunts–loved, loved, loved them. And Goran Visnjic was creepily haaaawt as Jimmy.

This is a true sisterhood movie that’ll make you all misty at the end, so something to keep in mind if you decide to grab it off the rack (or Netflix).  Great for a girls night in, or if your man is going for points in the plus column <G>.