The transition from the stage to the big screen appears effortless, owed largely to the directing capabilities of Rob Marshall. His prowess in morphing musicals into film, as is plain in his work on Chicago and Annie, has never been clearer.
It is particularly impressive how, even when playing a character with relatively little screen time, Johnny Depp can essentially dwarf the rest of the cast. As the Wolf, Depp triumphs with a faultless balance of creepy and charming, sending chills down the spine with his unsettling appeal. Ultimately, though, the film belongs to Meryl Streep, who’s mesmerizing portrayal of the Witch is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression, earning her an Oscar nomination. Her rendition of ‘Stay With Me’ is hauntingly beautiful.
The one disappointing thing is the lack of diversity in the cast- the only person of colour being an unaccredited extra.