Once upon a time, many years ago, there were Fairy Tales. Then came Hollywood, that decided to steal the innocence of fairy tales written by Brothers Grimm and turn them into commercial products.
People thought it was all over, that the stories could return to their original form. But Hollywood was still there, eyes open for the next story to twist and reinvent to accommodate the audience of today.
Unfortunately this is the sad truth. Hollywood can’t just take a book and turn it into a decent movie without changing it and making it suitable for the mass audience. It started with comics, where the majority were a disaster if we compare them to the original product. Why would there be many reboots? We have Superman reboot, Spider Man reboot, we had two movies of The Incredible Hulk not to mention the many Batman movies made. We also had superheroes movies with no reboot, that were so bad they didn’t dare to reboot them, such as Catwoman, Supergirl and Wolverine.
After comics have been twisted and changed (some still are) Hollywood has now laid its eyes on fairy tales. It started with the reinterpretation of Rapunzel that did good at the box office offering a new version of our heroine. Later we have been hearing titles over titles of fairy tales having a make over.
Beastly, the modern version of The Beauty and The Beast starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen is about a New York teen transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. The movie was mediocre; Neil Patrick Harris is the reason alone to watch this movie. It is a teen movie where Hudgens acting of Lindy is flat. She is pretty falling into the “beauty” category perfectly. Also Pettyfer’s Kyle, is the typical bullying teen, that doesn’t quite fall into the “beast” category as when turned into the beast he doesn’t explode into a rage of anger, and he just whined and moaned.
We thought this was it for Hollywood. But we were wrong. Red Riding Hood came along with the name Catherine Hardwicke on board to direct, and we already knew this would turn into a werewolf twilight version.
The movie stars Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez and Gary Oldman and is set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl named Valerie (Seyfried) falls for an orphaned woodcutter played by Shiloh Fernandez, much to her family’s displeasure.
It seems that the idea of a modern or rather darker version of The Little Red Riding Hood came from Leonardo DiCaprio, “It was he who suggested – declared Hardwicke – a version of Little Red Riding Hood that was a cool and sexy thriller. It is of course a metaphor, but in line with the original story: the girl discovers her most intimate and sensual side, and lets herself seduced by the “wolf .”” Of course the movie attracted all the Twilight audience.
And from Twilight Kristen Stewart signed on to play Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman that also stars Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen. And as if this wasn’t enough, there is another Snow White movie. Set to be directed by Tarsem Singh The Brothers Grimm: Snow White will see Julia Roberts as The Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White. Prince Andrew Alcott will be played by The Social Network Armie Hammer. A dark twist on the classic fairy tale, in which Snow White and the seven dwarfs look to reclaim their destroyed kingdom.
Not to mention Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen that catches up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.
Think we had enough? Probably not. There are rumors of a Peter Pan movie starring Channing Tatum as the role that was once of Robin Williams.
So far, the so-called “dark” twist of classic fairy tales have proven to be anything but dark. Beastly was mediocre, Red Riding Hood was Twilight expect that it had werewolves. And one of the two Snow White movies, the one starring Stewart, might turn just as Red Riding Hood. Not because of Stewart, though in part yes, but because the story gives nothing of the “dark” it is supposed to be. The other movie The Brothers Grimm: Snow White might as well be saved. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters too might be a good one, at least they have witches, we haven’t seen them in a while.
Trailers will tell us what they are about. We knew Red Riding Hood would be a werewolf twilight version from the trailer. While waiting, read the original fairy tales and grasp their beauty, before Hollywood takes them away.