Tag Archives: Fairy Tale

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

Cinderella

This adaptation of the old fairy tale was made by Disney and is heavily inspired by their 1950 animated version. The story of the orphaned girl (Lily James) who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett), but gets a magical shot at wooing Prince Charming is girlishly romantic and fun for kids. Handsomely mounted, … Continue reading Cinderella

Maleficent

EVIL HAS A BEGINNING.  After being betrayed and violated by a boy who wants to be king, a fairy (Angelina Jolie) gets her revenge years later by cursing his newborn daughter. A dark interpretation of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale that turns the tables and humanizes the wicked Maleficent. As in Snow White and the … Continue reading Maleficent

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

REVENGE IS SWEETER THAN CANDY. Ever since killing their first witch as children, siblings Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton) have been working as professional witch hunters; now, they’re facing a very powerful coven… Dead Snow (2009) director Tommy Wirkola’s first international feature presents a new twist on the old Brothers Grimm tale, complete with … Continue reading Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

The Brothers Lionheart: Battle for Purgatory

  When Astrid Lindgren’s dark fairy tale was first published in 1973, it’s been said that Ingmar Bergman expressed a desire to film it. Who better to turn themes of life, death and sorrow into unforgettable images? However, in the end Olle Hellbom accepted the challenge after having made 15 previous Lindgren adaptations. It became … Continue reading The Brothers Lionheart: Battle for Purgatory

A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol