Half Magic (2018) REVIEW – A Muddled Attempt At Female Empowerment
By Andrea Thompson
It’s always awkward when a movie clearly has good intentions, but is unable to realize them in a way that could be called original or worse, truly enjoyable. I want to praise Half Magic, which is the writing and directing debut of actress (and fellow Milwaukeean) Heather Graham. It’s heartfelt, and it’s obviously a very personal project informed by decades of experience in an industry where the full extent of its harsh treatment of women is only presently coming to light. That’s not to say Half Magic is completely terrible, it just fails to fully come together. Even if the humor wasn’t so uneven, it would still fail to overcome an offering stuffed full of cliches, from the plot to the characters to the lessons it imparts.