Among children’s literature, the narrative of young people escaping from an adult with not so good intentions is a common one. The question is, does the specific narrative stand out or is it just simply forgettable?
In the 1995 television movie, Escape to Witch Mountain (a reboot of the 1975 movie of the same name), Anna and Danny (Elisabeth Moss and Erik von Detten) are an orphaned brother and sister duo with with psychic powers. When millionaire Edward Bolt (Robert Vaughn) take the children in, he appears to be the father they need. But Edward has other reasons for bringing Anna and Danny into his home, none of which are virtuous.
I think one’s perspective on this TV movie depends on one’s age. If the audience member is the same age of the characters, they might enjoy it. If the audience member is not of the same age of the characters, they might think that the story is a little too simplistic and the characters predictable.
Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward no.