Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 30 October, 3.45pm and 8pm
Once upon a time… director Rob Marshall’s musical Chicago won a bunch of Oscars. That was ten years ago. Now he’s back with a bumper bundle of fairytales from Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway hit. In a village at the edge of the woods – actually a forest deep and dark enough for Mordor – some residents are wishing their unhappy and dreary lives away. But that’s before Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) spills the beans and Meryl Streep’s witch queen sets the scene.
A blue-haired hag proud of her garden greens, especially her beans. And you should see her nectarines. Flash bang wallop, what a creature she is. She’ll lift the curse on the childless couple in the baker shop (Emily Blunt and James Corden) if they go into the woods and, before the blue moon midnight, bring back the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.
There’ll be milky white mooing, wicked witch booing, babyfied cooing and princely wooing before all the happy endings come wrapped with a ribbon two-thirds through. Time enough for the clod-hopping giant’s widow to have her say. “Life is often unpleasant,” Chris Pine’s prince tells Blunt. “You must know that as a peasant.” Almost as odd as James Corden’s narration is Johnny Depp’s pointless cameo as Mr Wolf (not so Big but quite Bad, he’s more convincing as Red Riding Hood’s granny).
Equally wrong-footing is not accompanying Cinderella for the palace ball, nor visiting the giant’s domain in the sky – these big events are sung about, not seen. Some of the songs are amusing – best is the ‘laying blame’ number, remindful of Lionel Bart’s songs for Fagin in Oliver! – but no one’s singing Rodgers and Hammerstein here. Blunt’s funny, too. What a fine actress she’s turned out to be since stealing scenes from Anne Hathaway alongside Meryl in The Devil Wears Prada. Anna Kendrick is pitch perfect as Cinders and Pine can pull off smarm with aplomb: “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”
|Other Showings||Date & Time|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Saturday, 31 October at 3:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Saturday, 31 October at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Sunday, 1 November at 3:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Sunday, 1 November at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Monday, 2 November at 3:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Monday, 2 November at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Tuesday, 3 November at 2:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Tuesday, 3 November at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Wednesday, 4 November at 3:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Wednesday, 4 November at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Thursday, 5 November at 2:45PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Thursday, 5 November at 8:00PM|