The School for Good and Evil Review: The Netflix franchise “The School for Good and Evil” is a blatant ripoff of the Harry Potter series, and it’s not even remotely redeemable. The whole idea behind the show is stolen from a book series by Soman Chainani, but it’s obvious where the filmmakers really got their inspiration: from the imagination of J.K. Rowling. This show looks like the most expensive episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever made, and I’m sure Rowling is absolutely livid watching it.
The plot of the story revolves around the inevitable test of Sophie and Aggie’s friendship, which is further corrupted by the return of Rafal. His promises of absolute rule seduce Sophie over to the dark side. The story then leads to the Annual Evers Ball, where the Nevers and the Evers clash in a battle that is too busy and messy to follow.
The world that has been created is clearly well-thought-out and appreciative of the source material. Paul Feig, who co-wrote the screenplay with David Magee, has taken some liberties with the first book but retained the same journey and destination. You’ll only wish that more had been changed to streamline the movie.
However, Wylie’s performance as Agatha is sharp and modern, and the performances by other big names (Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington) give weight to the flimsier moments in the script. The film has immaculate style, from its ornate hair and makeup to its elaborate costumes, even its fights. The choreography during a sprawling battle sequence deftly weaves the chaotic hodgepodge of visuals into a technically impressive feat.
I loved everything about this book – the schools, the teachers, the classes, the blue forest, the trials. All of it was awesome. And the students – Hester and Anadil and Dot were still so awesome. Dot most of all. This book was filled with magic and creatures, and I loved that. There were so many twists and turns and secrets. I liked them all!