I Watched 'Practical Magic' for the First Time in 10 Years and It's So Different Than I Remembered
When I first saw Practical Magic, I was in high school. I was at a friend's house with two others, and between our dance parties and the gossip, one suggested we watch a 1998 film about love, magic, and sisterhood. At the time, I didn't quite understand why the movie was loved by so many - hell, I didn't even know it existed until my friend approached it. I just knew it sounded kind of cool. Little did I know that watching the movie together that afternoon would be one of my fondest memories.
To be honest, now, years later, I don't remember the plot of Practical Magic. I know I enjoyed it and that my friends and I saw it so much that we laughed for 30 minutes and then did some witch-like activities as if we were being cast. I also remember feeling connected with my friends in a way that women with sisters probably feel - and it was magical.
But over the years I have never come back to this magical film. There was no particular reason for it - it just never came up. (Hey, adult life can get busy!) However, when I found out that today, October 16, was the 22nd anniversary of Practical Magic, I used it as an excuse to re-watch the movie when I was 31 You as it has been held for the past few years. Below are my thoughts. Warning: spoilers ahead (but it's always out, so check it out!).
The plot actually has nothing to do with a dead ex-boyfriend
One of the things that I sure remembered before looking back was how it went about two sisters, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman), who buried an ex-boyfriend in the back yard. I thought that was the whole premise, but after watching Practical Magic again, I realized that it is definitely not the focus. Oops.
Yes, while the Deadbeat (pun intended) Ex is the villain of the film and causes a lot of stress between the sisters, the real plot of the film is about the connection (with or without magic), trust, and love that the sisters have for one have another. As a high school girl with no real understanding of feminism and sisterhood (I have three older brothers) this got over my head, but as an adult who believes in supporting women, especially during their toughest moments in life, the topic resonated with me.
Right from the start, the sisters support each other in everything - and never try to force the other to do something they don't want. When Gillian throws her things over the balcony of her aunt's house to run away with a man, Sally doesn't try to force her to change her mind. And when Sally is depressed and full of sadness after losing her husband, Gillian lies in bed next to her until she knows Sally is ready to hear, "Well, you will never forgive yourself if you don't get up and get dressed and you brush your damn teeth because your breath stinks - and you take care of those little girls. "
Each sister knows that the other has to learn by herself, but never stays too far away and supports her when necessary. There's something really charming and romantic about that sisterly love - and I think it's the best relationship in the movie (sorry, Sally and Detective Hallett).
The 90s soundtrack really is the best
As a person who grew up in the 90s, it can be difficult at times to remember exactly how strange and yet magical the music of that time was. I mean, this was the decade that boy bands were born but also showed up as "Barbie Girl" by Aqua. Do you understand my point of view
Before my rerun of Practical Magic, I had completely forgotten how many 90s gold mines were on the film's soundtrack. From Faith Hill's "This Kiss" to Stevie Nick's "If You Ever Did Believe," it's hard not to get carried away by the tunes even when the two sisters try to lie to a cop about the accidental murder of an ex-boyfriend .
The aunts need a spin-off film
I'm not saying the Sally and Gillian story isn't worth a sequel (even Kidman said she would do one), but I'm saying that Aunt Frances and Aunt Bridget need "Jet" Owens - no, deserve it! - Also your own film or your own mini-series. Why? I am so glad you asked.
First of all, they're bad bitches - um - witches. As soon as they get the feeling that Gillian and Sally are doing no good after drinking tequila all night, they ask what is going on ("It's a very distant smell. It's the smell of bullshit"). Then they go straight away when Sally says, "We had a problem and we fixed it." That way, her nieces can learn from their mistakes instead of letting their aunts come to the rescue every time. These women also set limits with the family.
But when Sally and Gillian need them most, the aunts listen to their instincts and come back to the house to help. They let their nieces do what they need to grow and learn and then step in when it is time. Frances and Jet prove that the family - at least most of the time - provides support and comfort in the most difficult moments, although you can do things yourself.
The aunts know how to enjoy life to the fullest - and they have gone through enough losses (poor Ethan and the girls' mother) to learn that grief, grief and failure should not be questioned or shamed. Instead, they shower the people they love with kindness (chocolate cake for breakfast, anyone?) And celebrate the little things in life (hello, midnight margaritas). And anyone who replies, "We'd never tell you nonsense, dear" after being told, "I don't want you to fill [my children's heads] with any of your nonsense, okay?" is a winner in my book.
The central message is more powerful than you may remember
I think what I loved most about watching Practical Magic again is talking about how good it is to be different from others. Yes, being the same as everyone else can make it easier to navigate life as you fit into a social norm. But the Owens family never ask anyone to do this; Rather, they promote individuality. And in a neighborhood where people hide their children's faces from the witches when they walk down the street - or are quick to make assumptions because they already believe the witches are evil because of their culture and history - the Owens point out still freedom, choice, and kindness.
For example, Gillian reminds Sally early on: "You spend all your energy trying to adapt, be normal! But you will never fit in. Because we are different! And so are your girls." And when Sally starts questioning herself, Detective Hallett says to her: "Curses only have power if you believe in them. And I don't. You know what? I wanted it too" - that is, if you do Allowing external factors (whether people, work, or things that are simply beyond your control) to dictate your perception and the decisions you make, you will never find freedom and truth in your life. You will live in the shadow of others and your fears can and will prevent you from living life to the fullest. And what a waste that would be.
Before giving in to others by trying to adjust, do what the Owens family does and instead: "Always toss spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Plant lavender for happiness. And fall in love." Whenever you want. " you can. "Everything else is entirely up to you.
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