The Craft: Legacy is like a witch cauldron with too many insect bits, some of which ended up utterly forgotten.
The Craft: Legacy Synopsis
Teenager Lily and her mom, Helen, move into the Harrison household; the owner of the home, Adam, being Helen’s boyfriend. Though uncomfortable with the frosty all-male ambience, Lily does her best to adapt for her mom’s sake. Later, after being bullied in class, Lily is befriended by Frankie, Tabby, and Lourdes, three aspiring teenage witches in need of a “fourth” to complete their coven. Together, the girls succeed in executing powerful magic, including control of the elements. However, when the attempt to reform the class bully take a dark turn, Lily discovers all is not what it seems at the Harrison home.
Quite honestly, I can’t remember when or where I watched The Craft (1996).
It could have been at a cinema, though unlikely since I wasn’t that into movies back then. More likely, I watched it a few years later on DVD. But somehow, I have the impression I “caught” it on the big screen.
Whatever it was, I do remember liking the film. Hereby, I also declare that I loved it because beneath all the feminine empowerment tropes, the story quite bluntly stated that most girls cannot be trusted with magical powers, especially when dudes and beauty are involved.
… I so deserve to be turned into a pig, do I not?
Anyhow, this soft reboot began on the same footing as the 1996 production, but quickly, with determination, headed off on a post-2000 angle. This updated view of feminine empowerment and sisterhood resulted in other reviews describing the show as, what’s the word, woke. On that, I’d agree that it’s refreshing, timely, and socially conscious. Naturally, it made me felt a little less guilty about my dated views too … ……
Sadly, however, the latter half of the movie became a brew with too many wriggly ingredients dumped in; as in the story simply lost control. Characterisation and backstories hit a standstill. Intriguing sub-plots, such as those involving the sulky Harrison brothers, were curtly abandoned as well.
There was also the climax, which played out like a lamer episode of Charmed, with 90s-ish effects to match. (You know, when the Halliwells needed to wrap up chop-chop, because 40-minutes is up) In all, The Craft: Legacy was rather disappointing, and dull, and quite not what the witch-fanboy in me hoped for it to be. I also felt it was a waste for lead Cailee Spaeny. Unlike her supporting cast, she neither overacted nor underperformed. This reboot could have been a better vehicle for her.