Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Rob Marshall
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material)
Screenwriter: James Lapine
Starring: Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Simon Russell Beale, Tammy Blanchard, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie
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by DAVID the BRUCE
DEGGANS’ RULE: Oops!
FEMME PRESENCE: Female presence in the cast was exceptionally strong.
WHAT DAVID the BRUCE SAYS: Disney goes from “Wish Upon a Star” to “Be Careful What You Wish For.” And the studio returns to the bitter sweet endings of the Brothers Grimm originals. The purpose of fairy tales was to prepare the listener for life-as-it-is. Words cannot describe the beauty and artistry of this magnificent masterpiece of cinematic story telling!
GOOD POINTS: The film is literally heaven on earth.
IMPROVEMENTS: More People of Color. The original Brothers Grimm fairy tales were keyed to the German experience and tradition, therefore “euro-white.” The tales have since gone international and are now a multi-cultural shared experience. The casting could have reflected this.