Despite a promising trailer, full of action and sumptuous visual effects, there's not much to say about this fantasy film from British director Rupert Sanders.
Adapting the fairy tale to heighten the character development, the plot is overwhelmed by too many back stories, too much drama, and not enough genuine feeling.
That being said, it's a great Christmas movie. Its visual richness is completely OTT, and the film requires zero brainpower to navigate the story or character arcs. The perfect distraction from bickering with the family and overeating Lindt reindeer.