I would also accuse this film of misandry as well. All of the male characters were portrayed as stupid, incompetent, violent, and drunk. One thing I did like about the movie, however, is that the female lead's mother is actually still alive. Most fairy tale style movies for girls almost always have a dead mother. And I will be honest and say that I do not think I have ever seen a movie for girls like this where a mother/daughter relationship was the HEART of the story. This movie definitely needed some refinement, but I think it could have been saved with just a few changes. I appreciate that the makers tried to think outside the box a little bit, but they ultimately failed in the execution, because, as you say, they took no risks.