November 10, 2009

Fairy Tale Movie Review: The Polar Bear King

If you can get past the cheesiness, The Polar Bear King (1991), based on the Norwegian folk tale, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” has a lot to offer. The fairy tale is often compared to “Beauty and the Beast,” so I thought I would use Beauty and Beast for my review of the movie.

Filmed in Scandanavia, the Winterland scenery was a wonderful land complete with gorgeous wolves and white snow. The costumes were spectacular; I especially loved the evil witch’s tall two-coned head piece. It was a perfect fairy tale: a princess, true-love, jealous sisters, an evil witch, a cool castle, magic potions and a curse. And I loved that the princess actually recued the prince.

I didn’t like nor did I have any sympathy for the polar bear/king. He sounded awful (as the bear) and was not very handsome (as the bear or as a human) and even a bit violent. At times, the dialogue, the acting, and the narrator’s lines were "Oh please..." cheesy and made me laugh (and not in a good way). Even though the leisure pace added to the mood, it was a bit too slow for me. However, it was worth waiting for witch's castle scene, because of the cool castle and the witch's potion tower. One of the things that bothered me the most was what the queen/mother-in-law did to save the children; it seemed a bit cruel.

Overall, I did like it because of the costumes, scenery, sets, and especially the wicked witch.

1 comment:

Arlene deWinter said...

Hi Dorlana,
I gave you a little award, so come to Gothic Faery Tales and collect it.