Just returned from a nearly sold out theater and I must say the film was somewhere between decent and good!
I’ve read quite a few reviews here and was truly surprised about the supremely negative feedback. “The Grimm brothers would roll in their graves,” someone wrote. My response to that is: “Really, would they now?” I believe a bit of research on the subject would do some quite a bit of good. The brothers Grimm -which weren’t the original story tellers of ‘Rotkaeppchen’ as they called it- told folktales, not fairy tales…they were the very first tabloid writers and although their stories all had a grain of truth at the very core, the brothers wrote them to feed into peoples believes, superstitions and prejudice in central Europe in the 1800…their tales were often capricious and usually cruel, showing very little moral. It took generations of translations and retelling to soften the originals enough to be considered bedtime stories because the originals would have provoked nightmares in grown man at their time. Does anyone know what the significance is of the name Peter and why he wears black throughout the entire film?? I’d love to read your ideas about that. The film is a nice translation…yet another one. And by far closer based on the Grimm brothers vision than the stories we all were told as kids. I did see a bit of parallel to Twilight but only because both, this film and all the Twilight movies were filmed in Vancouver and surely used the same scenery. The Storyline is based on the folktale and (in my opinion) it has been done rather well.