Saturday, October 16, 2010

SOTW: The Witches Of Eastwick Review

In the small religious town of Eastwick, three single mothers go about their daily lives. Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer), the very fertile columnist for Eastwick's newspaper; the shy, barren Jane (Susan Sarandon) who is the local school's music teacher; and the assertive sculptress Alexandra (Cher) get together one night following an unusual day.

With the martinis flowing freely, they get to talking about men, wishing for a mysterious stranger, someone they can talk to.

The next day Eastwick is buzzing with gossip about a man who bought the mansion on the edge of town. Introducing himself in various ways, Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) sparks the interest of the three women. After seducing Jane, Alexandra and Sukie things are great and they discover a power within themselves that they didn't know they had. When the town finds out about their unusual lifestyle, things start to turn sour...

Witches Of Eastwick has a great cast. You can't help but expect some excellent performances from these actors, and that's exactly what you get. Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon are perfect for their roles. Their friendship and dynamic between them is very believable. I especially love the scene where Daryl tries to get Jane to loosen up. Susan Sarandon plays the inhibited Jane like there is a different person waiting to come out, so when she transforms into a sexy, self-assured woman it doesn't seem unrealistic or out of character.

I really like Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne. He is grotesque, unpleasant yet somehow still charming, and perfect for the devilish role, especially towards the film's climax.

The Witches Of Eastwick doesn't particularly focus on the magical elements of witchcraft. Most of the supernatural occurences come from Daryl until towards the end when the 3 witches use their own powers. It does have a lot of bad language and some gross-out scenes, so if you're squeamish or easily offended you might want to give this one a miss. Otherwise, although not really a Halloween themed movie, it is definitely worth a watch.

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