Iconic witches are back for more in Disney+ movie ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

Madison Ellis, Reporter

After 29 years, the Sanderson sisters are accidentally resurrected once again in the town of Salem by a group of teenagers in the new “Hocus Pocus 2.”
It is directed by Anne Fletcher who has previously directed films like “Titanic” and “27 Dresses.” The writer is Jen D’Angelo who has previously written for “Young Rock” and “Fast Food Heights.”
While the original heroic group of Max, Dani and Allison do not return, the film stars three new teenagers: Whitney Peak (Becca) Belissa Escobedo (Izzy) and Lilia Buckingham (Cassie) along with a returning cast consisting of Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson) Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson) and Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson).
The film begins in Salem, 1635, showing the young Sanderson sisters and how they became witches. Then the film moves on to present day Salem showing Becca and Izzy getting ready for Becca’s 16th birthday, where for the first time Cassie won’t be participating in the annual ritual.
To prepare for the birthday ritual, the girls visit the town’s magic shop buying rocks, matches and a candle. After the girls start the ritual, all three Sanderson sisters are somehow accidently resurrected.
Then the Sanderson sisters head to Salem to find the town more technologically advanced. Once the sisters get over their shock and confusion they work together to create the Power Spell, a spell that grants the user immortality and strong power, all while Becca and Izzy hurry to stop the Sanderson sisters’ sinister plans, and try to keep Cassie safe.
Personally, I found “Hocus Pocus 2” to be both humorous and entertaining. Growing up I loved the first film for its humor and storytelling. Given the anticipation for the film, I was worried I wouldn’t love it as much as I had the first film, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend “Hocus Pocus 2” to any family or person who likes funny and family friendly Halloween movies.