The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#2 Post by Big Ben » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:09 pm

Of all the Dahl adaptations this one always bothered me the most as a boy. Roeg's version is messed up as is but I cannot fathom how they're going to market this film in this day and age to children. The book itself as I recall is rather ghastly.

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#3 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:11 pm

I find most of Dahl's work rather ghastly. Never really understood its appeal.

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#4 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:17 pm

As someone who taught his short parody of Candide, "Pig", every year in my high school English class, I had a lot of good reasons but I mainly just always enjoyed my students' reactions to the ending. Dahl's cruelty isn't unique, but his works wear it well

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#5 Post by zedz » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:58 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:17 pm
As someone who taught his short parody of Candide, "Pig", every year in my high school English class, I had a lot of good reasons but I mainly just always enjoyed my students' reactions to the ending. Dahl's cruelty isn't unique, but his works wear it well
That's such a wonderfully twisted story. I never knew you were an evangelical vegetarian.

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#6 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:08 am

I wonder if this puts Zemeckis' project with Dwayne Johnson on the backburner, or he's going to do two films in a year (again)

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#7 Post by Never Cursed » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:11 am

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If I recall correctly, the ending to this book is by far the most existentially disturbing of any of Dahl's novels. Can't wait to see how Zemeckis adapts those final moments (particularly the last things that the grandma tells the boy).

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#8 Post by Aunt Peg » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:35 am

I really don't think Zemeckis has the filmmaking chops to better the Roeg version.

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#9 Post by Big Ben » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:07 am

Never Cursed wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:11 am
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If I recall correctly, the ending to this book is by far the most existentially disturbing of any of Dahl's novels. Can't wait to see how Zemeckis adapts those final moments (particularly the last things that the grandma tells the boy).
You're correct. Rereading the synopsis I'm impressed at the gall Dahl had to do something that in children's book. He of course, hated Roeg's film version which he called "..utterly appalling".

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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#10 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:59 am

Never Cursed wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:11 am
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If I recall correctly, the ending to this book is by far the most existentially disturbing of any of Dahl's novels. Can't wait to see how Zemeckis adapts those final moments (particularly the last things that the grandma tells the boy).
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Re: The Witches (Robert Zemeckis, 2020)

#11 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 am

This will likely not be a faithful adaptation, since early word is the boy and his grandmother will be black and the setting Alabama. Zemeckis had the foresight to co-write this with Kenya Barris, creator of black-ish, but I'm sure the outraged thinkpieces are already half written

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