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Review: 'The School for Good and Evil'

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Julie Newell

Five out of Five Stars

By Julie Newell
Editor in Chief

The fantasy film, “The School for Good and Evil” was released on Netflix on Oct. 19.

Based on the novel of the same name, this movie takes place in a village called Gavaldon, which is surrounded by a magical, but dangerous woods.

Best friends Sophie (played by Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie) are misfits in their village. Sophie dreams of being a princess while Agatha, who is known as the town witch along with her mother, just wants to take care of her mom.

One day the girls learn about the legendary School for Good and Evil from the local bookstore owner, who points out the crest marked in the fairytale books. While Agatha remains skeptical, Sophie believes the school is her way out of the village, and the path that will make her a real princess.

After writing a letter to the school, Sophie attempts to leave the village and find it. Agatha tries to stop her when both girls are suddenly swept up by a giant, creepy bird, which takes them to the very real Schools for Good and Evil.

However, to both the girls’ dismay, Agatha is dropped in the School for Good and Sophie is dropped in the School for Evil.

Both girls are convinced there has been a mistake, Sophie tries to convince the teachers and the School Master that she belongs in the Good School. Agatha just wants to go home.

Both girls try to survive in the school while finding a way to correct the mistake, but unknown to everyone there is a darker scheme behind everything, which not only puts both girls in danger, but both schools as well.

I thought this was a great movie. I love fairytales, and I thought the way the filmmakers put the girls into unexpected schools was amazing.

I loved the humor, the action and how the film touched on what it really meant to be Good and Evil. Good as seen in fairytales is often based on shallow beliefs and stereotypes of beautiful people, while evil is stereotypically ugly and mean.

This movie inspired me to start reading the series. I recommend this movie and the book series to anyone who enjoys fairytales, comedy and action.



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