859. Practical Magic

Title: Practical Magic
Director: Griffin Dunne
Year: 1998
Run time: 1hr 44m

“Sizzling, sexy superstars Sandra Bullock (“While You Were Sleeping,” “A Time to Kill”) and Nicole Kidman (“To Die For,” “The Peacemaker”) heat up the small screen. These “bewitching” sisters use their hereditary gift of magic to overcome obstacles in discovering true love. Co-starring Aidan Quinn (“Legends of the Fall”), Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Dianne Weist (” “Bullets Over Broadway”), Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Stockard Channing (“Six Degress of Separation”) and Goran Visnjic (“ER”). Based upon the best-seller by Alice Hoffman.”

Live blog

2:46 – Evan Rachel Wood is in this???
3:17 – And Alan Silvestri. Curious if this sounds like Back to the Future, just like all the others.
3:49 – “In this house, we have chocolate cake for breakfast.” Bleurgh.
4:19 – Didn’t know it was based on a book either. Must read.
9:23 – Don’t be throwing knives around in the dark please.
19:57 – “My darling, when will you learn that being normal is not a virtue, it rather denotes a lack of courage.”
12:00 – Did she just do a Bill and Ted reference?
13:42 – She means Luka, obvs.
18:08 – I don’t believe in the magic stuff but spell books are always so gorgeous.
29:51 – Look at the size of the fudging moon.
36:30 – It’s all gone quite Thelma and Louise, I had forgotten.
42:40 – Not that I’ve thought about it, but I’d bury him further away from the house if I really wanted to forget about it.
45:45 – “Because everyone knows she’s a… different.”
48:14 – Midnight marguerites! NEEEEEED.
51:45 – Because I would drink something someone left on the porch.
1:00:28 – I identify with bumbling Sandy so much.
1:17:35 – Did people still write letters in 1998?
1:21:23 – How did he get up the stairs faster than she did?
1:25:27 – “All relationships have problems.”
1:28:27 – “Here’s the thing… I’m a witch!”
1:37:10 – Silvestri finally gets a look in.

Conclusions

Whenever we watch a film that doesn’t go so well, the immediate reaction is to turn to a known gem, and Practical Magic is one of those. I remember it from when I was younger, who doesn’t love a version of Dawson’s Creek only with magic? It has small-town drama, romantic tensions, a great nineties soundtrack, and all with bonus magic on top.

The only downside is that Sandra Bullock is a far better actress than Nicole Kidman and it has never been more obvious than in all these scenes they have together. Oof. Plus, it was very distracting to see ghostly Luka doing his thing. Time to watch ER again, I think!

Rating: 4/5