Spooktober Movie Review: The Craft: Legacy (2020)

What is The Craft: Legacy?

An eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. The Craft Legacy is directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna, and Lovie Simone.

Okay, when I reviewed The Craft yesterday I was not planning on watching this sequel at all. For starters, I didn’t even know that The Craft Legacy came out today until I saw the reviews saying that it came out today and I thought well I might as well give it a shot. I just reviewed the original, now is probably the best time if I’m ever going to watch this sequel. So I went ahead and watched the sequel and I have thoughts. I have read a few reviews of the movie before I decided to watch it. Some of the reviews were more positive than I was expecting and some of the reviews were exactly what I was expecting. Once I made up mind whether or not I would watch the film, I didn’t want any of the reviews to have influenced my opinion on the movie. I wanted to give it a fair shot so I went into The Craft Legacy with an open mind. Here are my most unbiased thoughts on the film. If I were, to sum up, The Craft Legacy, it would be that the film is overall a mixed bag. Some of the decisions the film makes work while others don’t. I have quite a lot of issues with the film, but I was honestly more surprised that I ended liking some of the things that the movie did. Just as much as the movie does something wrong it also does something that I can admire. Hence it being a mixed bag.

Let’s start with positives! Right off the bat, the four leads are very endearing and likable. They have personalities and enough charm to boost. They make for believable friends and witches. Unfortunately, I don’t think the movie does right by them. We have one central witch and the other three witches are relegated to the background. I’m not gonna compare the movie a lot to the original because I think that’s unfair but something I appreciate from the original movie is that we have storylines for each witch, not just the main witch Sarah. They all have storylines or a backstory that makes us understand their motivations of why they want to be witches other than that it’s cool. We don’t get that here at all other than the main witch we don’t learn any of the others backstory or why they become witches. This is probably my biggest fault with the film is that even though the actors make their respective characters likable, none of them expect the protagonist has a distinctive voice. The three witches feel like friends to the main character rather than being main characters themselves. This is a shame because they all seem interesting in the small glimpses we see of them as apart of the coven. But I’ll give another positive to counterbalance, although some of the main characters don’t feel like they have their own voices, the movie sure does. The biggest compliment I can give the movie is that it doesn’t feel like a rehash of the original. It has its own story to tell, whether you like it or not is up to you, but its story is a new one something I really appreciated.

Now for the cons, I have several. I won’t spoil who is the villain is, but it’s pretty predictable so I’m sure you’ll guess. Now predictable isn’t always a bad thing, but a villain who happens to be both predictable and weak is. I guess I should be glad that it was something different from the original and glad that the girls don’t turn on each other, but I still think that they could’ve done a better job with how they wrote the villain. The writing, in general, is not great, a lot of things come off feeling forced to feel relatable to a teenage audience. This is not a bad thing, but it kinda alienates everyone else who happens to be watching the film. Something else I want to talk about is the final climax of the film because it’s bad. It feels rushed and incomplete. It’s supposed to come off feeling satisfying, but it comes out of nowhere and before you know it it’s over. The Craft also did not have a great final act, but its climax was still cool to watch. The Craft Legacy doesn’t have that feeling to it at all. Once the climax happens, the movie is practically over with and you’re left with the feeling of “that’s it”? And with that we are left with loose threads that would have been nice be tied up, but if I had to guess the studio believes The Craft Legacy is getting a sequel to answer questions left unanswered. Who knows if will. If they were to get a sequel I may check it out because of a cameo that made the ending very interesting. Alas, we’ll have to see. Overall, The Craft Legacy is a pretty average witch movie. It doesn’t do anything new or special to reinvent the genre, but it’s a safe sequel to The Craft. It won’t offend any of the fans of the original, but I can’t help but wonder if the film would have been better received if it didn’t try to piggyback off the love of The Craft and just have been released on this as it’s own thing. I have a feeling more people would have given it a chance if the studio had gone that route.

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