I love this trend of fairy tales that I see in media. Fairy tales are fun and entertaining. It is probably because our reality right now sucks so we need to be taken away into another world. I notice science fiction is loosing popularity at the time. Perhaps it is because of the current anti-science movement that is popular.
We live in a time of advanced communications and entertainment. In this overly entertaining world science and medicine have fallen out of favor. Mothers look for food and products that has been untouched by science and desire to bring back the primitive. We want to give birth at home not give our kids immunizations, breast feed, and made our baby food from scratch using vegetables from an organic garden. We want to cure ailments with herbs and other strange concoctions. We seek to go after a simpler easier time when the boogie man lived in the forest and an old wise woman can cure our diseases with an mixture of herbs in a modern pill form.
The middle ages filled with tales and mystery is the perfect place to go for these organic imaginations, though the Middle Ages we think of was invented by the intellectuals of the Renaissance. Witches weren't hunted until the end of the 13th century and weren't huge until the 16th -17th. The old tales of Grimm were only gathered up for public enjoyment only in the 19th Century. Still the fairy tale world is fun and simple where true love wins against all.
Here are some movies take our minds to a dark world of the unforgiving forests.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) It will take place 15 years after the gingerbread house incident.
Mirror Mirror- (2012) the Snow White movie with Julia Roberts in it. Too bad they moved its release to open around the same time as the Hunger Games. I personally don't like Julia Roberts.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) This is the one with Kristen Stewart. I don't like her so I probably won't see this unless my ten year old begs me.
The Little Mermaid- (2012) There will be no crabs singing in this one. This one plans to stay true to the horrible ending of Hans Christian Anderson and will keep the horror in it.
Jack and the Giant Killer (2012) This movie plans to be a 3D one and sounds like fun to watch in the theater.
Peter Pan Begins (2013)
Oz, the Great and Powerful (2012) This is a Disney movie and sounds interesting. I love the Oz stories and this movie plans to tell the story of the Wizard from his perspective. Double plus-- it will be directed by Sam Raimi!!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame- (2013) This is a Tim Burton and Josh Brolin project that looks interesting.
Of course The Princess Bride is always a classic!