The "Les Mis" of Disney musicals, this adaptation works for awhile by wears you down little by little. For starters, it's long. And for a film that should've been 90 min., it abruptly turns dark & doesn't earn it. But at least it's beautiful-looking and the cast (especially Blunt) give it their all. It would have been 2 stars in my book, but the perfection of "Agony" is worth a star by itself.
WTF? Well, I guess someone wanted to reunite a money-cast, but didn't have any good ideas for songs and plot. Trainwreck emerged and the movie sold tickets. At the end, a musical that doesn't have any good songs and a movie that doesn't add anything to cinema history. Pure bland blockbuster exploration.
I had zero knowledge of the story or play, but I don't think Rob Marshall knew what he was adapting. I could see something decent in here somewhere, but this movie should be thrown into the woodchipper. The acting is fine but I didn't give a damn about any of the characters. I didn't even realize some of the characters had died til somebody else spelled it out for me. Wasn't a fan. Tedious to sit through.
Musically very similar to other pieces, funny at parts, but I was expecting more of such an intense Witch character... and from the movie on the whole. Nonetheless it was entertaining. PS: what happened to the narrator on the third act and during the very important ending??!