Faerie Tale Theatre: “The Dancing Princesses” (1987)

It’s a shame that this beloved family show ended on this rather unfortunate episode. Although the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is lovely to read, it doesn’t translate very well to the screen, despite direction by the usually terrific Peter Medak (who directed “The Changeling” and “Romeo is Bleeding,” among others). Lesley Ann Warren makes for an intriguing leading lady here but unfortunately she’s matched with Peter Weller, who seems like he’d rather be anywhere else. It makes for a restrained, rather slow paced experience, and although the costumes and set design are both excellent, it’s not enough to rescue the episode from doldrums.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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