Fairy Tale Films of March 2011

I love movies almost as much as I love fairy tales.  That being said, it should come as no surprise that I’m really looking forward to next month, when two movies based on classic fairy tales are set to be released.  Here’s a peek at the trailers, as well as my initial reactions.  I’ve divided them into pros and cons for easy reading.

Red Riding Hood – March 11

Pros: Little Red Riding Hood is a rich story, and there have been plenty of wonderful retellings of it, many of which were fantastically grim.  The movie’s plot has potential to be beautifully dark,  and the style and cinematography look gorgeous.  Not only that, but I’m excited to see that Gary Oldman is part of the cast; he always does a fantastic job and has recently had a knack for accepting roles in all the right films.  I haven’t seen much of Amanda Seyfried, but she was truly hilarious in “Mean Girls” (2004).  It should be fun to see how she handles a more serious role.

Cons: I don’t doubt Catherine Hardwicke‘s ability to direct, but I do doubt her ability to choose a good story.  “Twilight” may have been a money maker, but it was also anti-feminist fluff of the worst kind.  Yes, I’m aware that she only directed the first film, but my problem is with Meyer’s books, themselves.  I’ll admit to being suspicious that this film might go the same way, considering that it features “Little Red” being torn between two lovers.  If this movie turns out to be about how important it is to have a boyfriend, I’m going to scream.

Beastly – March 18

Pros: Neil Patrick Harris is an absolutely brilliant actor, so his involvement in this film gives me hope.  Not only that, but like Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast is a rich story that leaves plenty of room for skillful retellings and embellishments.  Placing the story in a modern setting while still keeping the magic element is an interesting choice, and I’m really excited to see where they take it.

Cons: I haven’t actually seen Mary-Kate Olsen in anything since we were both children, and I’m not convinced she has what it takes to play an effective supernatural antagonist.  I’m willing to give her a try, but I remain skeptical.  It’s also possible that this movie could turn out to be little more than a typical high school romance flick.  I mean, sure, Alex Pettyfer looks mildly unattractive with those weird, ropey markings on his face, but don’t most teen dramas feature an “unattractive” girl that turns out to be really  gorgeous once she takes off her glasses and lets her hair down?  Let’s hope it doesn’t devolve into that.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. storydoula
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 17:41:59

    B – you know your stuff and your writing style is excellent. Again, nice analysis and variety. Good organization with pros and cons – and adding value with your own opinions. You have the ability to pull the audience in whether they’ve been interested in fairy tales or not.

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