Director: Rob Marshall (2014)
Disney embraces the dark side in this dazzling big budget live-action adaption of the award-winning magical musical fairytale.
Based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm, the wicked lyrics of songwriting maestro Stephen Sondheim are performed by an all-star cast on top form.
Plus as great sets and costumes boost the sometimes uninspired direction, it all makes for a spooky and frequently funny fantasy.
Corden and Blunt share a bickering chemistry and play commendably straight which allows the more fantastical characters to showboat.
Streep indulges herself with may a shriek and cackle as the witch who is also under a spell, forcing the couple to help her before she will lift their curse.
They must go into the woods to find a white cow, a golden slipper, a red cape and some yellow hair before the full moon in three days’ time.
On the way, they meet familiar characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, played by an astonishingly confident and scene-stealing teenage Lilla Crawford.
She is of course preyed upon by the big bad wolf, an excellent Johnny Depp in an extended cameo.
There’s also Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), Jack of the beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) giants, ghosts and some golden eggs, Anna Kendrick is pitch perfect as Cinderella.
She is pursued by a a philandering Prince (Chris Pine). He’s wonderfully vain, self-centred and thoroughly enjoys himself delivering the funniest song and the best line.
Proving you should be careful what you wish for there are betrayals, mutilations and deaths as well as some unpardonably poor parenting.
As greed is punished and bravery and honesty win out, you won’t fail to be charmed by this wonderful tale’s dark magic.