This miniseries is long but well worth watching and I can easily watch it over and over. It's a magical tale that's fun, has a great cast, plays on all the fairy tale angles, and yet unlike a Disney interpretation of a classic fairy tale, this one, like the original fairy tale, isn't all bright and happy and meant for children. It does have some happy moments, but it has some dark, adult themes too and I think was intended more as a fairy tale for adults and older children.
The movie twists and turns and keeps you wondering what will happen next. The heroes are flawed but you love them even more for their struggles, and the villains are more than just evil bad guys. The story and the characters have some depth to them.
The production quality is very good, especially considering it was a made for TV series. I wish it had done better in the ratings when it originally ran on TV because it didn't get the recognition it deserved and I believe Hallmark dropped their plans for a sequel because of the lukewarm TV reception.
Overall, this movie really makes you believe in magic kingdoms, spells, enchantments, curses and even happily ever afters, but nothing comes without a price.