Tricky venture a terrific treat
start reflecting real life, with characters from the stories looking just like Skeeter’s friends and enemies. Furthermore, when the children contribute to the stories with ideas for the characters, these alterations are reflected in real life the following day. Director Adam Shankman, who proved with that he was capable of succeeding with a slick, old-fashioned entertainment, seems constrained here by the need to combine a Sandler vehicle and an elaborate Christmas entertainment. There are moments when the film has the potential to be really charming ( like Disney’s recent ) but, in the end, it all falls rather flat. Of the cast, it’s left to Pearce to ham it up as the horrid Kendall, something he does with relish.
Battle of wits: Foreground, from left, Toby Jones as agent Swifty Lazar, Michael Sheen as David Frost and Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Frost/ Nixon