The School for Good and Evil

Director: Paul Feig
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 0.5

Feeling trapped in her tiny, "closed-minded" village of Gavaldon, book nerd Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) dreams of studying at the titular establishment, so one day she and her loyal partner Agatha (Sofia Wylie) get taken there by skeleton birds only for each of them to end up (they believe) in the wrong section: Sophie lands in the School for Evil and Agatha in the School for Good.  Setting aside the fact that the premise itself is utter drivel (and questions regarding 'nature versus nurture' don't belong here), it's really just a Harry Potter knock-off without any improvements (and significantly less likeable characters) ... and then when that isn't enough, they "borrow" from The Hunger Games for the fighting sequences.  Feig - working off the young adult novel by Soman Chainani - has had considerably better results doing television (Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie etc.) than in film, which makes me wonder why he didn't play to his proverbial strengths and turn it into a series, because as a feature it's underwhelming and too reliant on CGI for "entertainment value."  No worries for Netflix, though: their accounting team will make the most out of it....