April 11, 2008

Fav Five Fairy Tale Inspired Movies

Here are my top five favorite fairy tale inspired movies. After I collected them, I found a few things they had in common: I’m already a big fan of one or more of the cast members (except for Enchanted); they have romance (except for Hoodwinked) and comedy.

I would love to know your favorites! Any from my list?


P.S. I know there are a lot of other actors who starred in some of these movies, but I kind of just highlighted my favorites.

Tiny Little Spoiler Alert

  1. The Brothers Grimm 2005– (Tagline - Eliminating Evil Since 1812) - Starring: Heath Ledger, Matt Damon This movie had all the elements that I look for in a movie and in a fairy tale; It was moderately dark, quirky, and supernatural. The cast was terrific, and it is a rare movie that I can watch over and over again. This is where it all begins. (It is so sad about Heath Ledger - and it will probably be a little while before I'm able to watch this again.)

  2. Ever After 1998 - (Tagline - Desire. Defy. Escape.) Starring: Drew Barrymore I love Cinderella retellings. This movie would be in my top 10 list of all time favorites as well as top fairy tales. A true romantic comedy that will warm the heart and make you smile. My favorite part is where she carries the prince.

  3. Stardust 2007 - (Tagline - This summer a star falls. The chase begins.) Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro Charlie Cox The only reason it is #3 instead of #2 is because Ever After has been in my favorites for so long and I just hated to move it all the way to #3, but I thought this movie was magic. Robert De Niro was hilarious, and I thought it was great how Charlie Cox (Tristan Thorn) transformed from geek to hero. Loved it!

  4. Hoodwinked 2005 - (Tagline - Trouble In The Hood) Starring: Patrick Warburton, Anne Hathaway, I am very surprised a cartoon made it to my list. But I really enjoyed the soundtrack and the spin on little red riding hood. Not to mention Patrick Warburton (my favorite cartoon voice) did a fabulously funny job as the wolf.

  5. Enchanted 2007 - ( Tagline - The real world and the animated world collide) Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams, James Marsden You know, perhaps it is just because it is the latest fairy tale movie I’ve watched but, I really thought this one was terrific. And It goes to show how important location is to any story, because when Giselle (Amy Adams) sang out calling all of the animals while she was in New York, and the rats, cockroaches and pigeons came to help her clean, it was great! The casting was excellent, especially Prince Edward (James Marsden) - what PERFECT fairy tale prince. I also enjoyed being able to watch a movie with my four year old son that we both liked.

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


Anonymous said...

Dorlana -- I totally agree that The Brothers Grimm is the number one fairy tale movie. Excellent, excellent movie! As for the rest of your list, you reminded me of some other old favorites (your first three) and gave me ideas of ones I haven't seen that I need to go rent. Hmmmm... I see a fairy tale movie marathon in my future.


industrialpoppy said...

You just reminded me of all of these again, although I still have to see Enchanted. Popcorn here I come!

Dorlana said...

Kelli: Me, too!

Industrial Poppy: Let me know how you like Enchanted.

Stella said...

Well you already know I'm a total sucker for Ever After.

I enjoyed The Brothers Grim as well even though some parts scared the hell out of me. (The thing with the horse and the spiders? (*shudder*)

Your Friendly Neighborhood Palindrome said...

Stardust and Ever After are definitely on the top of my fave fairy tale movie list.

Dorlana said...

Hi YFNP - Thanks for stopping by.

Dorlana said...

Yeah, I liked how it was both funny and a little spooky. lol.