The Disney Channel original film TWITCHES made its TV debut in 2005. For me, this was one of the most iconic films of the generation. The whole Parent Trap idea of twins getting separated at birth, finding each other, and then to make it even more exciting by finding out they’re witches from another world, was something that was totally surreal. I can still remember waiting in anticipation every October for it to be broadcast. I mean, what 5-10-year-old doesn’t love witches during October? But the thing is, the last time I sat down and watched TWITCHES, I was somewhere around 9 or 10 years old. It’s been nearly a decade since then, so I decided that because of the release of Disney+, it was high time that I gave it another watch to see just how much it lived up to the enormous expectations that my childhood memories and nostalgia had set for it.
After having watched the movie with fresh eyes, I can whole-heartedly say that it is still one of the best Disney Channel original movies to come out of the early-mid 2000s. The storyline of finding out so many surprising things about yourself at once can seem very overwhelming, but Alex Fielding (Tia Mowry) and Camryn Barnes (Tamera Mowry) handled everything with such excitement, skepticism, and grace that it’s astounding they had no idea what their past was before they met each other on their 21st birthdays. Of course, they both had their own reactions to the news (Camryn being overjoyed, while Alex was skeptical) which is completely understandable. I also thoroughly loved the references to how much they were asking of one another when they had just met less than 12 hours before the climax of the story took place. When I watched the movie as a kid, I didn’t understand why the twitches wouldn’t do anything to protect their home dimension of Coventry, but now that I’ve watched the film as an adult, it’s easy to understand why they wouldn’t want to push the original lives that they’ve had for the last 21 years off to the side s though it meant little to them.
The appreciation that both Alex and Camryn have for their lives and who means the most to them throughout the film is also something that I loved. Neither of them wanted to abandon their lives as soon as they discovered this new one because both of their lives were good, and that’s not something you always see. Many people who find out they have powers or they have a whole second life choose to abandon their old one for the change in pace, and I enjoyed the fact that neither Alex nor Camryn wanted to drop everything for the sake of Coventry. The only problem that I found with the plot that I did not have when I was a child watching the film is that it was very easy to tell who the antagonist of the film was going to be just at first glance, but I will allow that my age group is not the target audience. I never had a problem with it when I was younger because I didn’t look for any defining qualities pointing to a person’s character, which left me baffled when the villain was revealed just as intended.
Moving away from my newfound appreciation for the story and plot, I never noticed just how amazingly beautiful the set design for TWITCHES is. The movie came out in 2005, but the sets for Coventry are so intricate and beautiful. Between the stone walls, statues, and skyline created to bring Coventry to life, it’s hard not to think that the designers did an amazing job. The costuming was beautiful and whimsical for the characters who came from the Coventry like Ileana (Jennifer Robertson), Karsh (Pat Kelly), and Miranda (Kristen Wilson). It was also very fitting for Alex and Camryn who had very different ideas of what fashion meant.
To be quite honest, I didn’t know much of what to expect. I couldn’t remember much of the film before watching it because of how long it had been, but I am thrilled to see that my expectations were not unmet. The story, costuming, set design, and characters were all to die for and I’m ecstatic to see that almost none of my feelings for it have changed with age. It is still the same iconic Disney Channel original film that helped shape a generation of television that it was in the 2000s, and I hope that never changes. TWITCHES is now available to stream on Disney+.