Director: Rob Marshall. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp. 125 min. Rated PG. Musical/Fantasy.
In the first half, we have the bedtime stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, intertwined into one, for no apparent reason. In the second half, the sequels to the four stories (Cinderella's Prince commits adultery; the Giant's widow comes after Jack) are devoid of any charm. A musical coming from the seasoned director of Chicago, with characters dying for no reason. was another instance where I kept asking myself why this movie was made in the first place. Maybe to advertise Streep's acting skills - as though she needed any advertising. Bored to death.