It was kind another lazy kind of day around my house. The kind where you know you should be productive…and you kind of are…but you’re kind of not, too. When this happens, it usually sends me to Netflix to see what I can find that might hold my interest.
Let me say right off the bat that I don’t care who likes this movie and who doesn’t. I’m not being rude, but I tend to ignore reviews and star ratings…and I’m glad I did with this one. It rated a whopping 3.3 out of 10 stars on IMDB. I gave it 4 out of 5 on Netflix. I’d have given it a 7 on IMDB, but I don’t feel like signing up for an account.
I had never heard of The Asylum until tonight. Apparently they put out ‘low budget, direct-to-video’ movies…aka ‘mockbusters’ that some people claim are ripoffs of blockbusters.
Personally, I don’t care. Look at how many companies put out products that are very similar to brand names. Besides, I hardly think people are foolish enough to think they’re getting the ‘real thing’ when timing seems to land the videos in the stores about the same time the big-budget flicks hit the theaters.
So enough about that. Back to Grimm’s Snow White…
It stars Eliza Bennett (Snow White), Jane March (the evil queen), and Jamie Thomas King (Prince Alexander). The odds are good that you’ve never heard of most of the cast, and contrary to a lot of the critical reviews, I thought they all did a fine job in their roles. In fact, I hope directors everywhere sit up and take notice of several of them, including Sebastian Wimmer (Runt), Alan Burgon (Orlando), and Frauke Steiner (Mara). And, of course, the prince (he is too cute!).
Some of the complaints were about the special effects, but I found them to be as good as the ones in Jurassic Park. Of course I’m no expert, and frankly, I watch most movies for the stories, not for how realistic the monsters are.
Oh…did I forget to mention that bit? There are dragons, and ‘dogs’ (reminiscent of the stone dogs that came to life in one of the Ghostbuster movies).
This version isn’t as dark as Snow White and the Huntsman, which I enjoyed, but if I had to choose my favorite between the two, I’m not sure which would win.
I’m not going to go into the whole storyline. The basics are all there…and if you want to see the differences, I won’t hesitate at all in recommending you check it out for yourself. No, it didn’t win any awards. It probably wasn’t nominated for any either. But that’s okay with me. It was different. It was interesting. And I liked it.