The Craft is one of my favourite movies of all time. Yes, I know it’s a bit stupid, I know it’s about teenage girls messing around with magic, I know it is in part (large part) unrealistic, but I love it all the same. I think it’s beautiful and quite truthful for a film about teen witches. It feels somehow less simpering than a lot of other movies on similar themes, and I also appreciate the darker aspect of it. So many films about magic – especially about people experiencing their first forays into the magical world – will take one of two paths: either they will present the whole thing as wonderfully fun and exciting, in which people run around playing silly tricks and giggling, or they’ll present it all as something dark, evil and related to the Christian devil; which, considering that witchcraft in fact is nothing of the sort, is a little irritating to say the least.
The craft is sympathetically presented and doesn’t dress up too much. Admittedly there are cinematic aspects and overexaggerated bits, but after all, it is a film and we can’t really expect it to be anything else. As witch movies go, I’d recommend it.