This bloated over realised, over produced film from first-time director Robert Stronberg holds together only because the premise is so damn interesting. Indeed, it is refreshing to see a sympathetic perspective from the “wicked” side of a children’s story. However, I wished they’d toned down the special effects and big staging that constantly assaulted my senses. I found myself longing to know more about the characters. They should have been the most interesting part of this story, but in this case they weren’t.