Everyone has a difference in opinion over which Halloween movie is the best. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and The Nightmare Before Christmas tend to be the top three that people my age fight between. However, I prefer a simpler, classic movie. Two words: Charlie Brown. My family has always sat down for every holiday and watched whatever Charlie Brown special was on TV. For Halloween, that’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. If I were judging this movie on characters, plot, and charm, it would get an average score of 4/5.
Characters: If you are unfamiliar with the Peanuts gang, I’d brush up on your characters. There is little to no character development and you don’t get much back story. It’s basically expected of you to know about the characters before you watch. That being said, these characters are classics and the movie does a good job of representing each of their personalities. Lucy is commanding and tough but with a good heart. Charlie Brown is determined but hopeless. And Linus is looking for the meaning behind the holiday. For characters, I’d give it a 3/5. The characters themselves are great but some more backstory would help those non Charlie Brown fans.
Plot: Oh plot. I’m not going to lie, even I’m a little thrown off by part of the plot. The main story is very logical. Carving pumpkins, making costumes, trick or treating, and a Halloween party. Having Linus obsessed with the mystical “great pumpkin” adds some variety to the story line. However, there’s a part where Charlie Brown’s beloved pet Snoopy is a World War 1 flying ace and he goes through a dramatic war sequence and pretends to be a fighter pilot. This whole part always seemed a little off to me and it never fit the rest of the story. I’m all for creativity but I like to see a connection. Despite this one odd scene, I’d give plot a 4/5. It’s playful and creative and brings in elements (like a great pumpkin) that no other Halloween movie has.
Charm: 5/5. I mean come on, it’s an adorable, classic tale of an unfortunate boy and his friends having an innocent Halloween night. It’s such an ode to what society used to be where kids could go trick or treating or sit in a pumpkin patch on their own. Today, they’d be attacked by a clown for all we know. It’s definitely simple, but the simplicity is what makes it work. It’s an old film so it’s obviously old-fashioned. But it’s also a feel-good family film. It’s the kind of movie you watch with your grandparents or baby cousins and that alone is enough for me to warrant it a 5/5 for charm.