However Chris Pine as Prince Charming was a very pleasant surprise. Firstly because I didn’t even know that he could sing, and apparently neither did a lot of people including Rob Marshall! Not only can he sing, but he does so very well and personally the duet between the two princely brothers was my favourite part of the film. It was beautifully shot, well performed, and actually very funny. Although both his character and his brother’s (played by Billy Magnussen) were again very one dimensional it actually worked in their case as they are meant to be shallow. To quote Prince Charming “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”
Daniel Huttlestone captured Jack perfectly, however I found Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel rather flat. Also while Lilla Crawford sang fabulously at Red Riding Hood, I felt that she didn’t quite capture the essence of her. She opened very strongly when interacting with the Baker and his wife but from then on the character seemed a little too emotionless and deadpan for my liking. All in all it is a good film, but not outstanding. However it still remains one of the best and strongest musical to film adaptations I have ever watched.
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