Movie Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’ve seen this movie more than once but not for a number of years. I came across it while searching for movies at the library and decided to take some time to watch it again. Here’s what the movie is about:

“After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) who can grant those desires on one condition: that the grantees will forever join his freak show. Dr. Dark is after two young boys from the town in particular, while others in the town would certainly be easy marks. The sour-faced, older schoolteacher (Mary Grace Canfield) wants to be a seductive young woman, Ed the bartender (James Stacy) would like to regain his lost left arm and leg, and the librarian (Jason Robards) worries about a wasted life spent only in books. As Dr. Dark works his own brand of voodoo, the citizens and the two boys — as well as the whole carnival itself — approach a final reckoning. Something Wicked This Way Comes was based on a Ray Bradbury novel. Eleanor Mannikka” –Barnes & Noble website

I enjoyed this movie just as much as I did the last times I’d seen it. With Halloween coming, this is a great family movie to watch with the kids. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury (who I also believe wrote the screenplay), the storyline is exceptional. This is also a Disney movie, so of course the special effects have held up over the 25 years that have elapsed since its release.

Ray Bradbury first wrote ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ as a screenplay in 1952, after watching Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which Bradbury thought the greatest musical ever made. Bradbury showed Kelly the screenplay, and Kelly was so impressed that he wanted to make it his next picture. When Kelly shopped the story around to potential backers, however, he was unable to raise any money for the project. It was only after this failure that Bradbury rewrote the story as a novel, which was published in 1962. Bradbury dedicated the novel to Kelly.

This is a movie you’ll want for your collection.

RATING: 5 out of 5

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