Fairy tales and nightmares revisited

8 Jun

I’m not much of a movie buff, but lately, I’ve been on a kick about going to the movies.  The latest installment could be “Prometheus” this weekend. My husband and every guy at Local 6 seems to be amped about this movie. But I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a wimp about scary movies. 

“Prometheus” image

 I’m the happy-ending movie seeker and goer. IMO, if it doesn’t end with salty, buttery rainbows and butterflies, why go? Going to the theatre provides us all an escape. The question is where do you want to go and why? Think about it, we get enough freak show and horror show material in the stories that make news, but I digress.

The last movie I saw was “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Headliners included Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.  There are a few notable mentions in the reviews on this by critics. Some are saying Stewart’s “post-Twilight” Snow White performance was possibly outshined by veteran Theron’s wicked queen. There’s an even bigger story with a possible impending “100 Midget March?” Some advocacy groups for little people are in an uproar over Universal’s decision to cast regular sized actors for the seven dwarfs.

“Snow White and The Huntsman”

 Outside drama aside, there’s more magic in this film than the spells of the wicked queen. This movie was an absolute spectacle to watch. From the mystical Dark Forest to the fairy-dusted Enchanted Forest, there were some wickedly charming special effects balanced with grimy details like Snow White’s dirty nails. In watching the credits, I was amazed by the sheer number of effects companies hired to help finish this film. 

 Somehow, director Rupert Sanders accomplishes an incredible feat in making even the biggest Disney fan forget the original cartoonish film while watching this darker version of Snow White with fresh eyes.  He does it with some unexpected twists off the traditional storyline. It’s also surprisingly inspirational in a more directly religious tone than Disney’s treatment.

Theron from scenes in “Prometheus” and “Snow White”

Now we’ll have to wait and see if “Prometheus” beats out “Snow White” at the box office this weekend. The lovely Theron, one of my favorite actresses, stars is in this sci-fi thriller too, but that still does nothing for my nerves. You see, this movie’s plot is supposedly set 40 years prior to the storyline of “Alien.” Yeah and we all remember how that one turns out…heads spewing goo and aliens popping out of people. If I do go, I can guarantee you I’ll be walking out or covering my eyes through a lot of it!

See you in the morning!



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