I've never seen two movies back-to-back in theaters or gone to a movie alone, but March 11th just might be the day I do both of those things, thanks to two awesome literature-inspired movies coming out!
Jane Eyre on this blog? I don't think so. Well, the bottom line is, Jane is one tough chick who refuses to let conventions, men, or true love make her waver from what she believes in, which is pretty awesome, especially for a poor governess in the early 19th century.
So, naturally, when I was watching Tangled over Christmas (which is SO CUTE, and a retelling of a seldom re-told fairy tale, Rapunzel, double win!) and I saw a movie poster for a new movie adaptation of Jane Eyre, I got very, very excited. There is, of course, the hours-long version, which I've been wanting to watch (but alas, neither my library or local Family Video have it, and I have yet to join the rest of the 21st century with a Netflix account). I watched a version on TV from the 60's once, which was hilarious in its awkwardness and faults, and it almost makes me want to watch the 1940's black and white version. Almost.
But, I digress. I am thrilled to see a modern movie adaptation (because Jane Eyre is spooky, and let's be honest here, sometimes for spooky you need fancy, 21st century special effects) that will (hopefully) be good and do the story justice and won't take me the entire day to watch (I love A&E's Pride and Prejudice, but that movie takes commitment! The Keira Knightly version may be slightly abridged, but it's much easier to just pop in and watch).
So, the second movie that is making its debut on the 11th is Red Riding Hood. There is actually a book that was written to go along with the movie that just came out, called (surprisingly) Red Riding Hood. I read it and it wasn't my favorite retelling...I'll post an official review later. But, I've got high hopes for the movie and I know that sometimes stories are better told on screen than on paper (can you imagine reading Inception? I would probably quit after ten pages)...plus, the book was based off the screenplay, and Amanda Seyfried is starring and I have loved her work ever since Mamma Mia!
And then, you know, there's that little obsession I have with all things fairy tale.
On a side note, I read a neat article in USA Today about how re-told fairy tales are going to be popping up a lot in future movies! There's going to be twists on Hansel and Gretal, wicked witches, Oz, and more in the next few years. Yes, yes, yes!
So, what about you? Will you be seeing either of these movies? Or will I be the only weirdo watching these movies alone that Friday night?