In any event, Bryan Singer's first movie in four-and-a-half years (a career-biggest gap) and last movie before he returns to directing X-Men movies (Days of Future Past drops summer 2014!) feels, sight unseen, like something of a palate cleanser. Singer certainly knows from eschewing flash: his last movie, Valkyrie, is a straight-ahead and effective WWII thriller, sort of the unimaginative counterpoint to Tarantino's feverish, brilliant Inglourious Basterds, and the best thing about his X-Men forays has been their sense of character and understated humor. This makes a big, broad-looking adventure movie look like a significant change-up—from Singer's filmography, anyway, if not the general mode of these lavish all-ages fairy tale spectaculars. But Ewan McGregor was a charming swashbuckler in the Star Wars prequels, Nicholas Hoult was engaging as Beast in X-Men: First Class, and who knows? Maybe Singer's movie will be fun. I wouldn't blame families for going out to see; the only movie with any little-kid appeal released in 2013 has been the WeinsteinToonz (this is my made-up name for low-budget Weinstein Company-released computer animation) production Escape from Planet Earth. And hey, none of these fairy-tale movies have outright flopped: Hansel and Gretel is going to wind up with $55 million or so domestic and well over $150 million worldwide, striking distance of the non-smash Mirror Mirror but also pretty respectable for a movie with far less kid accessibility and far more rumors of disaster.