CINEMA A look at fairy-tale remakes with a tangy twist
Fairytales are not just for little girls anymore. With the release of Hollywood films such as Red Riding Hood, Beastly and Snow White and the Huntsman, remakes of fairytales and folklore are making a comeback. This time, for the older audience too. So what makes these fairytales worth recalling? For some, it is the hopeful happily-ever-after ending. For others it’s the mere enchantment of the folklore itself. While still delivering both, filmmakers seem to be running the extra mile, replete with untold secrets, a little suspense, a lot of drama, unreal romance and most importantly, the ‘twist’; it is a flawless recipe.
What more? The star-studded cast of each film contributes to its commercial success — Drew Barrymore in Ever After, Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story, Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. Don’t miss the upcoming films of this on-going trend — Jack the Giant Killer and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters are scheduled for release in 2013.
Ever After (1998)
Adapted from: Cinderella
Remake twist: Unlike the conventional Cinderella, the Danielle here signifies a smart and cautious woman, bold and outspoken.
Adapted from: Rapunzel
The original folktale has many versions, but in most, the rescuer is a prince and Rapunzel is a commoner. Here, she is a princess trapped in a tower, unaware of her royal background until she is rescued by a thief. The film’s advanced animation features and sound track were its specialities, earning Golden Globe, Academy and Grammy nominations.
Adapted from: Beauty and the Beast
Remake twist: The movie is set in modern day New York City and the ‘beast’ is a conceited high school student from an affluent family.
Gross: $27,865, 571
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Adapted from: Little Red Riding Hood
Remake twist: Valerie’s (Red Riding Hood) father turns out to be the werewolf.
Gross: $37,662, 162
Snow white and the huntsman (2012)
Adapted from: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
Remake twist: The huntsman initially sent to kill Snow White by the Queen switches sides and helps her instead.
Gross: $139, 405, 170