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Cinderella (2015) starring Lily James and Richard Madden and based on Cendrillon by Charles Perrault
I read the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella a few years ago and was underwhelmed, most likely because I had internalized the Disney version of the story as a child and knew that story front to back. This live action reboot by Disney of their own 1950 classic captured all of the sweetness and charm of the animated movie without overdoing the bibbidi bobbidi boo. I smiled like an idiot throughout the whole thing and utterly adored it.
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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) starring James Franco and Mila Kunis and based on the Oz novels by L. Frank Baum
Another Disney movie that’s visually stunning and magical in its special effects, I remember the reviews were mixed about Oz the Great and Powerful, but I thought the story was entertaining. I haven’t read any of the Oz books, but always thought I should at least read The Wizard of Oz. I loved the 1939 movie with Judy Garland and watched it over and over as a child. I still get choked up when I hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and based on the short story, The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual and others by Arthur Conan Doyle
The annual Christmas special was a thrilling combination of Sherlock dealing with the trauma of his showdown with Moriarity and time-travelling in his mind palace to Victorian London to solve the mystery of a dead bride who keeps reappearing. This episode was sensational giving us a riveting story that took elements from several short stories, humourously played with the Sherlock Holmes myth, and had some tender moments between Holmes and Watson. Without a doubt, this episode was written for fans of the whole Sherlock Holmes universe. The ending was a little hokey, but overall, I loved every minute of it and think it’s time to re-read the short stories.
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