I don't get the negative reviews. I loved it. Very clever retelling of these fairy tales. Plenty of star power, and they chew up the scenery. I'm not the biggest fan on Sondheim's music, but I liked all the songs in this one.
This is the most honest film about jazz music I have yet seen, other than the outstanding documentaries like Straight, No Chaser. Ray is up there as well. Interesting that Jamie Foxx is in both this and Ray...hm...The music is outstanding. The story was much deeper than I expected. I had some misgivings about the theology expressed, but the film more than made up for that by the end. Don't miss this one.
It's a great version for children. Michael Caine is just as good as you'd expect, which means he hands in one of the better performances of the role I've seen. It's genuinely funny and charming. What's missing is some of the intensity, drama, and yes, horror of the original version. It is a ghost story, and ghosts are supposed to be scary. Still worth your time.