Franchises targeting young adults are a gold mine. 

It’s likely that a Harry Potter or Hunger Games project will continue laying profitable tiny eggs for a film studio or streaming service for years. 

Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Netflix, which has dominated the teen market in recent years, would seek to adapt the wildly successful YA novel series by Soman Chainani.

The School for Good and Evil. It is less logical that a director like Paul Feig would transform it into this. 

Feig’s resume speaks for itself: He co-created Freaks & Geeks, one of the finest TV series ever, and he is responsible for some of the best comedic movies of the last ten years, including Bridesmaids and Spy.  

It all begins with a voiceover narration from Cate Blanchett, which strikes me as a cynical choice for a movie that feels like it has to steal gravitas from another. 

After that, we are welcomed to a completely binary dual school with good guys and evil guys; this is essentially a fantasy version of jocks vs goths in high school. 

All of it is so similar to Hogwarts, down to the castle’s layout, that J.K. Rowling’s attorneys may be weighing their options.  

By Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne plays Dumbledore; Charlize Theron plays Snape, and Giselle from Enchanted casts Kerry Washington as Gilderoy Lockhart 

Finding positive aspects is actually difficult. A few of the performances are more in line with a poor panto.