The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Much like the mem­o­rable Roald Dahl novel, Ni­co­las Roeg’s ( Walk­a­bout, Don’t LookNow) adap­ta­tion is one dark – but glee­ful – trip into child­hood imag­i­na­tion. For those un­fa­mil­iar with the story, young in­no­cent Luke (Jasen Fisher, Par­ent­hood) stum­bles upon a coven whose in­ten­tions for chil­dren are any­thing but friendly. An­gel­ica Hus­ton revels in her role as the leader of the weird sis­ters, while the late Mai Zet­ter­ling, Jane Hor­rocks and Brenda Blethyn are just a few of the fa­mil­iar faces to join the fun. Not one for the lit­tle kids, this should still sat­isfy the Harry Pot­ter brigade for the time be­ing. ★★★ in tow, en­coun­ter­ing dan­ger and magic on their way in the mys­ti­cal land of Oz. Re­vived and re­mas­tered, this im­mor­tal fan­tasy tale of self-dis­cov­ery is one of the most trea­sur­able film ex­pe­ri­ences imag­in­able. Its mes­sage of hope has rarely been sur­passed. ★★★★★

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