Fairy Tale Retellings

I'm the biggest fairy tale fan. And do you know what's as wonderful as a long beloved fairy tale? Fairy tale retellings! Yeah. The stories are predictable as I know how they end in the original tales, but OMG. I don't know why, but my skin gets covered in goosebumps every time I think of fairy tale retellings! I guess it's because I'm excited to see what kind of twists would be implemented into these retellings.

Anyway, the reason I'm talking about fairy tale retellings is that the Maleficent teaser trailer has been officially released! Here, take a look.

DOESN'T IT LOOK SO FREAKING AMAZING?! Ugh. I'm tearing up just thinking about the amazing-ness of how awesome this movie would be (did that even make sense?)! And Angelina Jolie as Maleficent? Perfection.

But Maleficent isn't the only retelling that'll be released very, very soon... Take a look at Frozen.

Yeah. That looks pretty awesome as well, doesn't it? Do you see how my fairy tale retelling fan girl-ing makes logical sense?!

I can't wait for these two movies to be released. I've been keeping tabs on them for a while. Just waiting and wanting to watch them like crazy...

So! In honor of these two movies, I guess it's time for me to rewind time and take a look back at some of my favorite fairy tale retellings in movie-style.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron was pure perfection in this movie. And it's not only Charlize that caught my attention, but also the awesome-ness of this movie as a whole. It is a much darker version of the Snow White than I am used to (yay!) and I really loved the new role Snow took as a soldier rather than a defenseless princess.

Jack the Giant Slayer

This movie is FILLED with charismatic actors. I hated that the princess was such a (mostly) helpless girl, but the men were sensational characters. I fell in love with every single one of them (minus the bad dudes). The fighting, the courage, the wit and humor. Can someone please transport me to this movie, so I can marry one of those medieval British dudes?

Alice in Wonderland

To be honest, it's not one of my favorite movies, but due to the deficit of fairy tale retellings, I guess this movie deserves a place here. Although Alice didn't really live up to my expectations (Johnny Depp, anyone?), I did love the idea of a grown up Alice. Besides, the graphics were gorgeous.

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman's bitter rival (I'm serious. They are both Snow White retellings and they were both released around the same time.) and, unfortunately, ultimate loser, Mirror Mirror is actually a fun movie to watch. It's hilarious and makes for a good family movie time.


Yeah, I guess Enchanted doesn't really qualify as a retelling, but it is a type of fairy tale. I don't even know how many times I watched this movie. The songs are cute, the characters are funny, and the story is amazing. This movie's definitely a must-watch on anybody's movie bucket list.


The sole animation in my list of favorite fairy tale retellings, Hoodwinked! is genius. After I finished watching the movie, I could only marvel at whoever created the idea of this version of a Red Riding Hood retelling. It's just such a fresh, original and awesome idea. I can't believe someone actually managed to think of something like this.


Being years younger than the movie, I only watched Hook because my dad swore that it was a good movie. And it turns out, it's one of the best movies I've ever watched. Legendary actors star in this movie, and the story of a grown up Peter Pan going back to Neverland and meeting his old nemesis, Hook, again is just, oh my gosh. To all those who haven't watched Hook yet, go watch it right now. You won't regret it. Promise.

So now that you've seen my list of the best fairy tale retellings out there, what are your favorites?

-Barista Mia-

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