Practical Magic centers around two sisters played by Bullock and Kidman raised by their aunts. All of the women in their family are witches
I heard a lot of bad reviews of Practical Magic but I decided to see for myself. I was glad that I did.
There is a sweetness in Practical Magic that I found very appealing. It is well cast with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the leads and features an excellent supporting cast with Diane Weist and Stockard Channing.
Practical Magic centers around two sisters played by Bullock and Kidman raised by their aunts. All of the women in their family are witches. They also have a curse, that any man they truly love will die. The relationship built between Bullock and Kidman is very close and very believable. They come across as sisters joined deeper than most. While still a young girl Bullock casts a spell that her perfect man would be able to flip pancakes, have one green and one blue eye and that his favorite shape would be a star. This was to make sure he would never exist but alas, he does.
The plot my be a bit thin and the dialogue trivial but Practical Magic is carried by its genuine talent of the cast and director. While not a deep movie it supplies enough laughs and tears to make it worth having. So get the popcorn out and enjoy.
The DVD is excellent. It is in 1:235 letterbox although the notes state it is 1:185. The sound is great and is well displayed by the excellent soundtrack, everything from modern rock to Joni Mitchell. There is even more consideration than normal given to the commentary track. The director, Griffin Dune (actor in American Werewolf in London) is in the middle of the sound field, the producer Denise Di Novi is on the left and Sandra Bullock appears to be speaking from the right. This really added to the commentary since it appeared the people were there with you explaining the film. Nothing serious but a good time is to be had in Practical Magic. Review by Doug MacLean of hometheaterinfo.com
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