Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman

It seems that Hollywood cannot get enough of the fairy story as Snow White is the latest to be adapted in the form of Snow White and the Huntsman.

2010 showed just how popular and successful this genre can be as Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland broke $1billion at the global box office.

Since then a string of fairytale inspired pictures have hit the big screen, not to mention there are more to come.

Fairy stories have always been adapted to fit into modern day A Cinderella Story is a perfect example but of late directors have not gone down this path, instead trying to keep that mythic quality about that.

Alice In Wonderland showed that all that was possible as it took audiences to another world of weird and wonderful characters.

3D was perhaps at it's height back in 2010 and Burton really brought the world of Wonderland to life.

The film went on to be the eleventh grossing movie of all time as it took in excess of $1,024 billion at the global box office.

Since then there have been a whole host of movies bringing classic tales to life as director's try to recreate the magic that made Alice In Wonderland such a success.

Red Riding Hood

Last year Amanda Seyfried took on the role of Valerie (Red Riding Hood) as Catherine Hardwicke brought the folk tale to the big screen.

While the movie was visually very beautiful Hardwicke missed out on the chance to deliver a real dark gothic horror style movie

Instead we get the melodramatic tale of a young girl who is caught between two blokes (yes another sappy love triangle)... oh yeah and there is a wolf in town.

This is a movie that had so much promise and yet Hardwicke very much relied on modern day ideas rather than concentrating on the other worldliness of the story - seriously this could have been such a great movie.


Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney movies of all time it's such a beautiful and timeless classic.

Of all the fairytale movies of late this is the only one that is set in modern day. While the movie does carry a great message of inner beauty is better than how people look it misses the mark.

Sure this is a fresh look on an old tale but the plot is a bit outrageous not to mention that it is full of cliche and is rather dull.

This is another story that has the potential to be full of gothic menace, that is what makes the animation movie so great, but I think setting it in modern day sees it lose some of that.

Mirror Mirror

Earlier this year Mirror Mirror hit the big screen as visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh gave us his take on the tale of Snow White.

Mirror Mirror is a visual spectacle that really gives the movie that fairytale feel as, much like Alice in Wonderland, you are stepping into another world.

The comedy elements work so well but there is a old-fashioned and enchanted that really helps bring this witty script to life.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman sees Rupert Sanders bring his take on Snow White to the big screen this week.

It's a much darker vision that anything that we have seen before that depicts Snow White as a brave warrior.

Kristen Stewart take on the role of Snow White alongside Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth while the likes of Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone are set to play the dwarves.

The movie is stunningly shot and Sanders has clearly wanted to give the movie and fantasy and other world feel.

And we the fairytale movie will not disappear as Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have teamed up for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The movie is set years after the original tale and a grown Hansel and Gretel have become a formable pair of bounty hunters who track and kill witches.

Snow White and the Huntsman is out now.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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