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Channel Flippin’ – ‘Twitches Too’ Movie Review

October 13, 2007

‘Twitches Too’ lacks the charm of its original.

By Blake

Originally posted October 13, 2007.

Nearly everything that’s produced by the Disney Channel is successful, these days. Disney Channel pours in tons of viewers with their three main hit shows (Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Cory in the House), and majorly promotes some young talents who go on to be way big. (Ever heard of Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake?) Even though the network attracts the attention of millions of young viewers, it seems like the shows they’re producing aren’t made with quality and effort – it seems more like they’re made with moola in mind.
So, when I sat down last week to view Twitches (a 2005 Disney Channel movie) in preparation to view the upcoming sequel and write a review of it, I was really expecting another cheesy TV production with bad acting. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when Twitches delivered a delightful fantasy suitable for the entire family (not just bee-bopping tweens) that involves strong characters, deep family relationships, and plot-turning twists.
However, the same is not to be said of its sequel, Twitches Too (which refuses to have its title grammatically correct). A choppy, low quality film, the new movie seems to be a poor attempt to further develop a franchise to a film that really didn’t need or leave room for a sequel. The original Twitches ended happily ever after with no real reason to go back to these characters. Therefore, Twitches Too is surrounded by a not-so-appealing storyline that seems choppy at times and doesn’t really get going until the last 20 minutes of the movie. Furthermore, the choppiness of the plot means that most of the movie seems like stalling (much like the episode of a TV show) until a big twist is revealed at the end. The audience feels like they’re on the wrong end of this bad-reception phone call: we get bits and pieces of what’s going on, but we don’t really know what happened until we can catch up with our caller later.
So what’s this choppy plot? Well, twin witches (“Twitches”) Alex and Carmen are living peacefully with their foster parents after recently discovering that each other existed (in the original movie), and now they discover that their magical kingdom that they happen to be princesses of isn’t so safe anymore, like we thought it was at the end of the original. The twins’ evil uncle Thantos is taking the form of a shadow and occupying unlikely suspects’ bodies to shape the personality of his victims. Another discovery has also been made: the twins’ father, who was thought-to-have died when the twins were born, may still be alive, also taking the form of a shadow. The keep their kingdom safe, the twins must say a special spell within the presence of each other during the upcoming solar eclipse. They can either choose the freeing spell, which will free their father and make him human again (if he really is alive), but will also make Thantos come back, too. Or they can choose the vanquishing spell, which will put a stop to Thantos’ evil doings once and for all, but will also banish the twins’ father forever, as well.
Although this may sound like a thorough, well-developed plot . . . it is! However, it’s not put to justice when we don’t really know all the elements of this plot until the last 20 minutes of the film. The other 70 minutes are spent with pointless diversions, such as the twins’ protectors making their wedding plans and the twins getting new boyfriends. And it certainly doesn’t help that the actress of one of the protectors is a different actress from the original (even though it’s the same character). On top of it all, we’re repeatedly shown a poorly-rendered computer-animated, “videogame-ish”-looking castle, where the twins reign as princesses.
All in all, Twitches Too had the potential to be a really great sequel. And it could have been, if it weren’t for the stalling of the plot and the delays we’re thrust along the way. Perhaps it would have worked out better as a half-hour Halloween special. If you saw the original, then by all means you’ll want to see the sequel to know what happens next. And you should, so I suggest you see the new movie. However (like several other Disney Channel productions), just because Twitches Too will attract millions of viewers; doesn’t mean it’s a quality, worth-seeing product.
How do I rank Twitches Too? (Bolded is my choice.):
  • Utterly repulsive
  • Blech
  • Not good
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Brilliant

Who will Twitches Too most likely please?: Kids (ages 5-8) – Older kids (ages 9-10) – Tween (ages 11-13)

By Blake; originally posted October 13, 2007. All images (C) Disney.