IN A WORLD DOMINATED BY TENSION, THREATS, CRUELTY AND ECONOMICAL MALAISE, IT IS NOT SO STRANGE WE ARE ONCE AGAIN LOOKING FOR MAGIC AND HAPPY ENDINGS. A MOMENT TO HIDE FROM REALITY AND INDULGE IN FAIRY TALE STORIES THAT CAN MAKE US DREAM AND ESCAPE. IN OTHER WORDS, IN A WORLD THAT HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE GRIM, WE NEED MORE GRIMM.
We have seen an revival of many super heroes over the past years, but it has become abundantly clear that men in tide spandex suits and black capes are no longer the answer to our needs. What we need now is magic. And apparently Hollywood intends to give it to us. As much as we can possibly deal with. Inspired by Grimm fairytales, NBC already launched the TV series Grimm and ABC has introduced us to a very modern take on the Snow White story. But there is more to come. Much more.
There are several ways we can bring fairy tales to life. There is the humoristic way, as we have seen with Shrek and Puss in Boots. And there is the more serious, darker direction, Red Riding Hood being a perfect example. No matter what you prefer, they all have a little magic inside and they all guarantee a perfect happily ever after moment. The one thing all these movies have in common though is that the story is never exactly what you expect it to be. Either it is a different take on the original, red Riding Hood once again being the perfect case, or a sequel to the classic tale, such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. If you like one of these genres, or better even, both, you are in for a treat. Not only with TV shows, but also on the big screen we will see another revival of fairytales. Upcoming are Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, which brings us 15 years after the traumatic ginger house incident, and Bryan Singers Jack the Giant Killer, a modern day fairytale about men, giants and a kidnapped princess. 2013 introduces us to another take on the Wizard of Ozz with Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, the same story but this time told from the Wizards point of view. But what we are all looking forward to is of course the most classic tale of all: Snow White. And we won’t be disappointed because 2012 will see not one, but two Snow White films.
Mirror Mirror is the first one to (re)introduce us in the magical world of evil queens, beautiful maidens, charming princes and poisoned fruit. If you expect a real time version of the classic Disney cartoon, think again. Mirror Mirror stands for a most original take on the old tale and can only be seen as an Alice in Wonderland meets Shrek kind of movie. The century old story of the beautiful princess whose existence is being threatened by her envious stepmother and evil queen has been given a lighthearted tone of voice in a movie directed by Tarsem Singh. Colourful, joyful and full of humor, Mirror Mirror stands guarantee for an evening or afternoon of enjoyment and good laughs. Not in the least by the excellent Julia Roberts in the role of the Evil Queen. Mirror Mirror, starring next to Julia Roberts Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan Lane and Lily Collins as Snow White, will open in theaters a of March 16, 2012.
Snow White and the Huntsman presents us a completely different take on the well-known fairytale. Written by Hossein Amini, Evan Daugherty and Evan Spiliotopoulos, Snow White and the Huntsman gives a small twist to the original with the Huntsman being ordered to take Snow White to the woods to be killed and winding up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Full of stunning special effects that makes the magic more real than ever, Snow White and the Huntsman is a movie in look closer to Red Riding Hood and might very well be as epic as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris -Hemsworth ans the Huntsman, Sam Claflin as Prince Willima and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen Ravenne will open in theaters on June 01, 2012.
If you ask us, there is no reason to see either one or the other Snow White film. They are so different in style and content, they both guarantee for a qualitative cinema visit. No matter what genre you prefer, there is enough magic in both of them. –BM-
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