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Babes in the Woods

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 6, 2015

More reckless, head-scratching adaptation decisions, à la the first version of the ugly duckling. These eponymous babes sure look like Hansel and Gretel. What? Elves? You figure that a witch is coming, and that the elves are going to get her. Maybe audiences liked that spider and fly dynamic, but what does it do to the child-developmental components of the story? The gothic woods are fun, and the boy’s spider transformation is terrific.