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I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today for Movie Monday I want to recommend two of my favorite fairy tale retellings that aren’t animated Disney films. And so you know, I don’t have anything against Disney’s movies, I’m just assuming that most people have already seen a lot of their classic retellings.

Hook

First movie I’m going to recommend if you haven’t already seen it is Hook. You really can’t go wrong with Robin Williams as a grown up Peter Pan, and Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Also great was Julia Roberts playing Tinkerbell…”I don’t believe in fairies!”

What’s so good about this movie (besides the stellar cast) is the character growth. The grown up Peter Pan starts off as, well…less than likeable, and it was great seeing his character transform into someone you could cheer for in the end. Also great was Hook’s character, acting like the father Peter’s son had always thought he wanted.

All in all, this movie is a fun family film with good action sequences, fun characters, and of course a great fantasy setting. If you haven’t seen this movie, and you like Peter Pan, I highly recommend it. If you have seen this movie, it’s probably been a few years, so you might want to dust it off and watch it again.  😉

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Ever After is a Cinderella retelling. It’s interesting how this movie took out the magic in this fairy tale in the fantasy sense of the word, but still kept it pretty true to the original tale.

Like the original Cinderella, Ever After is a love story, but what’s a bit different is Cinderella’s character, whose name in this movie is Danielle. She’s a bit of a tomboy, and tough, too. Like in the traditional fairy tale, she is put to work by her step-mother, but unlike the traditional story, one of the step-sisters really isn’t so bad.

Besides having a really likeable main character, this version of Cinderella has a cast of other fun characters, even though they aren’t birds and singing mice. The character growth in this movie isn’t as great as in Hook, but the light tone of this story is just as fun to watch. Now, if I was going to recommend any romantic fairy tale retelling movie on Valentine’s Day, this would be it.

So, have you seen either of these two movies? What are your favorite fairy tale retellings?

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