The retelling of Fairy Tales of my childhood has been an interesting journey for me. If you know the children’s books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and others) you might know where I’m coming from.
The real trick in really appreciating the “new” look at fairly tales is that you have to know the original stories. My parents provided me with a large sized Golden Book of Fairy Tales and read these tales to me before I could read and then encouraged me to read them myself when I started to learn to read myself. Between the readings and the Walt Disney animated films, I feel like I am well versed in the love of these tales.
Now that my 17 year old grandson is spending his Senior Year of High School with us, I
seem to be finding lots of “new versions” of these tales in my Netflix queue. The most recent of these movies was Snow White and the Huntsman, an updated take on the Snow White tale by the director Rupert Sanders.
This movie tells this tale with lots of special effects that really draws one into the darkness of the abandonment and need for approval that the Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) feels. Misusing her beauty and power, the queen casts a spell of misery over her kingdom that leads the true princess, Snow White (Kristen Stewart of the “Twilight” series), to escape her imprisonment in the depths of the grim castle. Snow White then fights her way through the dark forest that has many icky obstacles to find sanctuary with the very cantankerous 7 dwarfs (Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and others) with the help of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth of “Thor”) that was sent to take her back to the Queen.
The special effects in this film are really beautiful and affective in so many ways,
it is beyond description. The mirror, the ravens, the monsters, the forest, the costumes and the makeup are all used to make this an interesting retelling of this tale of love conquers evil – and it isn’t just the love of the handsome prince that makes this a new version of this old story…