(This review may contain spoilers).
When I saw this film advertised, I was immediately interested in going to see it. I like Disney and I like fairytale stories. And I do like musicals, so this film seemed like a really good one.
The use of the narration at the start and various points throughout was a good idea, even if it wasn’t a very unique one. I liked a lot of the songs in this, though the one where the two princes sang was fairly amusing and seemed almost like a parody.
I liked seeing the different fairytales used, but there were some things that weren’t further explored that I would have liked to see, such as a particular relationship between two of the characters. I liked the prince who was with Rapunzel much better than the prince who was with Cinderalla. Chris Pine’s a good actor, but I wasn’t so keen on him in this.
I found it amusing that one of the actresses who played one of Cinderella’s stepsisters in this played the same role in Ella Enchanted, but although she has a really distinctive laugh and voice, I still found it easy to see her as a different interpretation.
There were some really amusing moments in this film, several scenes where I heard the people around me laughing as well as myself. There were also some seriously dodgy scenes, particularly with the character of the wolf. My niece was oblivious… the rest of us were kind of horrified about certain implications.
There were a couple of things that made me question the rating given this film. A lot of the things stayed true to the original stories (with Rapunzel and her prince especially), but there were some quite gruesome moments in this.
The ending was a good one, but there were things it would have been good to see further explored. Still, this was an entertaining film and my niece seemed especially to enjoy it. It was a good way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday.